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Spain is a good place to start and we can make Columbus's trips to the new world our beginning point. The ancient Austrian roots of the Ramos name will not be explored in these pages. So let's get started with the trips to the New World:
Contrary to popular myth, Columbus's crew on the first voyage were not a bunch of cutthroats. They were mostly 'hometown boys' from Andalusia, and nearly all experienced seamen. It is true that the Spanish Sovereigns offered amnesty to convicts who would sign up for the voyage, but only four men took up the offer: one who had killed a man in a fight, and three of his friends who then helped him escape from jail.
Of the four voyages of Columbus, only the crew of the first voyage is completely known. Alice Bache Gould spent decades combing various archives in Spain, eventually accounting for each of the 87 crewmen of the NiZa, Pinta, and Santa Maria. Her research was published in fragments, but a summary is given at http://www.cervantesvirtual.com/FichaObra.html?Ref=18801
Links of interests: http://www.bruce.ruiz.net/PanamaHistory/los_conquistadores.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conquistador http://www.studyspanish.com/comps/conqui.htm http://tntn.essortment.com/conquistadores_rzpq.htm
|Among the first settlers of the Ramos name were: Alfonso Ramos, who sailed to Cartagena in 1535, Benito Ramos sailed to Rio de la Plata in 1535, Cristóbal Ramos sailed to America in 1511, and Domingo Ramos sailed to Florida in 1538. The above are possible beginnings to the Ricardo Ramos (≈1820) of Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico but this writer feels the best chance to make a connection to the early arrivals lies with the following two: Antonio & Gabriel Ramos who arrived in 1538. They were the sons of Antonio Ramos and Beatriz Gonzales of Malaga, Spain. Geronimo Ramos, Juan de Ramos and Pedro Ramos were among other Conquistadores and 800 Indians serving with Captain Francisco Vasquez de Coronado. Their expedition set out for New Mexico and Arizona but made it as far north as Kansas from 1540 to 1542.|
|Andalucia Refion of Spain Golfo de Cádiz||Sources: http://members.tripod.com/~GaryFelix/index1.htm http://members.tripod.com/~GaryFelix/index5D.htm (Geronimo, Juan & Pedro Ramos)|
|The ships above are replicas of the ships Christopher Columbus sailed in 1492. While the ships (below) are most likely what we have envisioned as the vessels that carried the first voyagers to the New World.||Columbus' First Voyage (above)|
|Columbus' Fourth Voyage (above)|
|Christopher Columbus departed on his first voyage from the port of Palos (near Huelva) in southern Spain, on August 3, 1492, in command of three ships: the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. His men mostly came from surrounding towns such as Lepe and Moguer.||The flagship Santa Maria grounded on a reef on Christmas Eve and sank the next day. Columbus used the remains of the ship to build a fort on shore, which he named La Navidad (Christmas). But the tiny Niña could not hold all of the remaining crew, so Columbus was forced to leave about 40 men at La Navidad to await his return from Spain. Columbus departed from La Navidad on January 2, 1493.|
|For full details on Columbus's voyage visit http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04140a.htm|
La Caravela Santa María, 1492
Santa Maríawas Columbus’s flagship on his first and most remembered voyage, although he did not like the ship because it was large and slow. Santa María ran aground on a sandbar near what is now Cap HaVtien, HaVti, on Christmas Eve of 1492. In recent decades, a number of expeditions have searched for the remains. Famous historians have claimed to know where it is. Some adventurers have even claimed to have located the wreck, but nothing has ever come of any of these claims.