Columbus believed that if he sailed west from Spain he would arrive in
the East Indies. This would overcome the advantage the Portuguese had
by their explorations of the route around Africa to India.
Columbus made four voyages from Spain to the Western
Hemisphere. He believed that his first voyage had brought him to China
and Asia. The other three voyages gradually made it clear that
wherever they had arrived it was not the expected Indies.
The mini-sheet issued by the Sovereign Military Order of
Malta has no Scott number because the SMOM is not recognized by the
UPO. It was issued in 1992. The souvenir sheet from Grenada also shows
the routes of Columbus' four voyages.
sheet from St. Vincent shows the course of the voyage of 1492 and
records its progress by date.
The pair of stamps from
Surinam also show the course of the voyage of 1492.