The Life of Christopher Columbus
by Rev. A. G. Knight, S.J., 1877

"The ships had been brought to anchor. The lord-admiral, in his scarlet robe of state, pushed off in his boat, bearing in his own hands the royal ensign, and accompanied by the captains of the Pinta and the Nina in their own boats, and carrying their flags. Springing to shore, Columbus sank upon his knees and kissed the ground three times, shedding tears of joy. All with him followed his example. Then, planting the standard of the Crucified, he took solemn possession of the island in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ for the crown of Castile under the name of San Salvador."--page 83

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