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  THE SPANISH CARAVELS NINA AND PINTA - Simultaneously with the project of reproducing, at Chicago, the Convent of La Rabida, from which Columbus sailed to discover America, the Spanish Government was induced to build three caravels, in exact imitation, as far as ship architects could opine from old prints and descriptions, of the fleet in which Columbus began his voyage. These vessels left Old Rabida, at Palos, Spain, amid great rejoicings, on August 6, 1892, exactly four hundred years from the day the great navigator weighed anchor and went into the ocean sea. Captain Concas was in command of the three little ships, and there was a general fear that they would not make the passage safely. They, however, pursued the course laid out on the ancient map, and went through the Sargasso Sea, where weeds impeded the progress of their keels; they sighted Watkins' Island, sailed north of it and around to its western side, landed, went on to Cuba, and north to New York, where they took part in the International Naval Review of April, 1893. They then sailed for the St. Lawrence River, made the tour of the great lakes, and entered the harbor of the World's Fair, where they cast anchor at the walls of the New Rabida, which stands near by at the right of our picture. On September 12, 1893, the Kingdom of Spain, through Captain Concas, delivered these curious boats to the Republic of the United States, and the gift was accepted by the Navy Department, through Assistant Secretary McAdoo, who had traveled to Chicago from Washington for that purpose. Captain Concas placed the cost of the expedition of 1892 and 1893 at $80,000.
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