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Christopher Columbus’s fourth voyage

Posted in Anniversary, Exploration, Geography, Ships on Saturday, 30 April 2011

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Although Christopher Columbus is famous for his discovery of America in 1492, he undertook four voyages to what became known as the New World and 11 May marks the anniversary of the last of these, which began in 1502.

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Christopher Columbus describes the New World and its natives and treasures

Columbus left Cadiz and sailed with four ships across the Atlantic but decided to seek shelter when he realised that a hurricane was brewing. The governor of Santo Domingo refused to let him anchor in the port and disregarded his storm predictions – sending the Spanish treasure fleet into the hurricane with the loss of 29 ships and 500 men, including the governor. Columbus’s ships, meanwhile, survived with only minor damage.

Columbus was himself caught up in a number of storms during the voyage, and his ships eventually beached at St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, unable to travel further. Columbus and his men remained stranded on the island fora year before help arrived and the crew and their captain were able to return to Spain.

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