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In 1492, Columbus set out with three ships. One was named the Santa Clara, better known by what nickname?
Everyone knows the names of the three ships that sailed on Christopher Columbus’ maiden voyage to the New World – the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. However, few realize that the Niña and the Pinta were only nicknames given to the vessels and not the ship's actual names. By tradition, Spanish ships were named after saints and usually given nicknames. The Santa Clara was referred to by her nickname, La Niña, which was probably a pun on the name of her owner, Juan Niño of Moguer. The actual name of La Pinta (the Painted One) is unknown.
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