Like many of the ancestors of today's Floridians, Christopher Columbus voyaged from his home in Europe across the North Atlantic to the West Indies. Sailing under the Spanish flag, he made four separate voyages departing from either Spain or Portugal. From his first voyage in 1492-93 to his final voyage in 1502-04, he visited many Caribbean islands, including the larger ones of Hispaniola, Cuba, and Jamaica, as well as the northern coast of South America.
This map, published in Paris in 1828, reconstructed the approximate routes of Columbus' trans-Atlantic treks, indicating his location by month and day. The patterns established in these early voyages, which used the predominant ocean currents and the Trade Winds, were the general routes followed by many emigrants from the Iberian peninsula and Africa's West Coast to the Caribbean. It is their descendants who are now migrating to southern Florida.