On this day in oil and gas: October 12 - Columbus

October 12th, 1492 - Guanahani ring any bells? Lucayan Archipelago anybody? 1492 maybe?

520 years to the day, Cristoforo Colombo, known by most as Mr Columbus, would make landfall after five weeks at sea on the island of Guanahani in The Bahamas. He would name the island San Salvador and remarked of the indigenous population, that: "I could conquer the whole of them with 50 men, and govern them as I pleased" - a foreshadowing of the conquest of the Americas to come.

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Columbus’s voyage would push the boundaries of navigation to the ends of the earth, into and across uncharted waters in a quest for gold and glory. In the same way, the oil and gas industry’s pioneering spirit is broaching new frontiers, extracting natural gas from solid rock and black gold at enormous pressures miles beneath the seabed. Let’s raise a toast to New Worlds.


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