SPAIN - HISTORY - CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
Location of city of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, the starting
point for Columbus' third journey. On May 30, 1498,
Columbus left with six ships from Sanlúcar, Spain, for his
third trip to the New World. He was accompanied by the
young Bartolomé de Las Casas, who would later provide
partial transcripts of Columbus' logs.
Columbus led the fleet to the Portuguese island of Porto
Santo, his wife's native land. He then sailed to Madeira
and spent some time there with the Portuguese captain João
Conclaves da Camara before sailing to the Canary Islands
and Cape Verde. Columbus landed on the south coast of the
island of Trinidad on July 31.
From August 4 through August 12, he explored the Gulf of
Paria which separates Trinidad from Venezuela. He explored
the mainland of South America, including the Orinoco
River. He also sailed to the islands of Chacachacare and
Margarita Island and sighted and named Tobago (Bella Forma
and Grenada (Concepcion).
Columbus returned to Hispaniola on August 19 to find that
many of the Spanish settlers of the new colony were
discontented, having been misled by Columbus about the
supposedly bountiful riches of the new world.
An entry in his journal from September 1498 reads, "From
here one might send, in the name of the Holy Trinity, as
many slaves as could be sold..."
Columbus repeatedly had to deal with rebellious settlers
and natives. He had some of his crew hanged for disobeying
him. A number of returning settlers and sailors lobbied
against Columbus at the Spanish court, accusing him and
his brothers of gross mismanagement. On his return he was
arrested for a period.
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