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PALOS ; a small town of Andalusia, in Spain, where Columbus fitted out his ships, and whence he sailed, on his first voyage for the discovery of the new world, in 1492. Here, also, is the convent, at the gate of which Columbus appeared as a poor stranger, and asked bread and water for his child. It is now almost deserted, being occupied by a few hundred inhabitants. It lies on the Tinto; Ion. 6° 58' W.; lat. 37° IC N. (See Irving's interesting account of his pilgrimage to Palos, in company with a descendant of the Piuzon family, in the appendix to his Voyages of the Companions of Columbus.)