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Rebellion of Roldán (and III)

As I mentioned in the previous entry, Roldán's followers waited in the Xaragua for the caravels promised by the admiral to return to Castile, but they did not arrive until April 1499. This delay was due to a series of storms that they encountered on their way from Santo Domingo,

Rebellion of Roldán (II)

The two caravels led by Captain Pedro Hernández Coronel arrived in Santo Domingo on February 3th, 1498. They brought something that all Spaniards needed since a long time ago: news from Castile. And these supposed the strengthening of the authority of the Bartholomew Columbus with confirmation of his title and

Rebellion of Francisco de Roldán (I)

To the rebellions of Bernal Diaz de Pisa and de Pedro de Margarit we have to add a new one, and only in five years of Columbus rule. This time he was a trusted person of Cristopher Columbus, Don Francisco de Roldán, native of Torredonjimeno (Jaén-Spain). He worked in his

Third voyage of Columbus and discovery of the american continent

Columbus wanted to return quickly from Spain. He was also concerned about the general shortage of supplies on the island, which could lead to further rebellions and uprisings. To avoid these problems, he was able to overtake two ships in January 1498 under the command of Pedro Hernández Coronel that

In Search of the continent

We find ourselves to April 24th, 1494, the situation in La Hispaniola islad is calm, Columbus and his people have advanced by its interior and discovered indications of the existence of gold in abundance. The settlement of the Isabela is developing and the great initial problems are more or less

La Isabela, first city of the New World

The second voyage of Columbus to the New World was terribly disappointed to find the Fuerte Navidad destroyed and his men killed by the natives. Columbus thought that when they arrived they would find much of the work already done: establishing economic and personal relations with the natives, searching for

Disaster at Fuerte Navidad

On the night of November 27th, the Castilian ships anchored in front of the place where they had built the fort almost a year earlier in the Hispaniola island. The darkness made it impossible to see if there were any dangerous elements in the water, so they decided to wait

Columbus’ second journey to America

The fleet of seventeen ships departed from the bay of Cádiz at dawn of September 25th,1493, heading for the Canary Islands where they had planned to make a stop to replenish water, feed and collect some animals. On October 2th they arrived in Gran Canaria and on October 5th they

Return from Columbus’ first voyage

On January 16th, 1493 the fleet departed from Hispaniola Island to Spain. The route went north and northeast for twenty days, until February 4th when the admiral ordered a turn to the east, since it had reached the parallel of the Azores and from here the winds would be favorable. The

Discovering a new world

After the first contact with the land and with some natives, the ships began a journey through all the small islands that were found. They did not believe what they saw, that must have been the closest thing to the paraíso: blue waters, white beaches and lush vegetation. They sailed

The Discovery of America – Columbus’s First Journey

The Discovery of America took place on October 12th,1492 during the first Christopher Columbus trip to American lands. Although the real intention of this trip was to find a sea route to Asia and have direct access to its markets eventually became one of the greatest feats of world history.

Martín Alonso Pinzón, great Spanish sailor

Nacimiento: 1441 in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva, Spain). Death: March 31th,1493 in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva, Spain). Burial Site: La Rábida Monastery in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva, Spain) Charges: - A seaman and discoverer from Huelva. - Captain of the Pinta Caravel on the voyage of discovery of America. - Co-discoverer of

The Capitulations of Santa Fe

April 17th,1492 the capitulations of Santa Fe are so called because they were signed in the Granada town of Santa Fe, Christian headquarters during the siege of the Catholic Kings against the last vestige of Muslim power in the Peninsula. The capitulations were a contract signed between the monarchs and individuals