Since Columbus’s very first voyage, San Sebastián de La Gomera Port has supplied vessels and caravels transporting travellers en route to the Indies. The first berthing jetty was built in the 1960s and has since proven to be crucial for the good fortune and growth of the capital and the island itself. Though construction on a new port began in the 19th century, it was not completed until midway through the following century and until then San Sebastián de La Gomera made do with a small quay. Despite not offering much shelter, it rose to historical importance as a port of call for most of Columbus’s voyages in the 15th and 16th centuries and for other expeditions. In the early 20th century, La Gomera and El Hierro were the only islands without any form of internal communication or harbours for commercial operations.