The voyage of the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria began on this day in 1492, in Spain. Under the command of Christopher Columbus, the expedition was intended to find a shorter way to India and Eastern Asia, reducing travel time and therefore increasing trade. The Italian Columbus had gone to many nations requesting patronage for his voyage before arriving at the court of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of the newly founded Spain. Eager to expand their united county overseas, they agreed to sponsor his trip. By the end of that trip, Columbus would discover America, leading to Spain’s golden age, the rise of the New World, and the beginning of a new age in world history.