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The legal documents presented here established an agreement that Christopher Columbus, or Christbal Colon, as he was known, would successfully find a new path to the riches he believed to be to the west of the European continent and that it would be well rewarded. In April 1492, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain agreed that Dassbus should be appointed admiral, who could be held responsible for the newly opened countries, thus taking advantage of any possible trade. Moreover, a tenth of the wealth found by Christopher Columbus could go into his pocket. These documents show that Columbus was not only an explorer, but a man interested in reaping the benefits of trade and exploiting the natural resources of the lands he claimed for Spain. It is shameful that very few people survived, especially since they did not even know what they were getting into, but this letter explains that Christopher wanted to bring them peace and love for each other and Spain, but also for others! It appears that, according to the text above the letter, Christopher`s intentions were not exactly correct. He suggested that peace should be extended to them, but lives were lost and slavery began to create madness/sadness instead of peace. In early May 1493, Columbus responded to his request in a letter (AJ-064) in which he outlined his plans to colonize the Caribbean. On September 14, 1493, he left a fleet of seventeen ships with about 1,200 settlers. Among them, Dr.

Diego Alvarez Chanca, his younger brother Diego, Juan de la Cosa, who made the first map showing America, and Juan Ponce de Leon, who was the first European to explore Florida (AJ-095). On November 14, 1493, the fleet approached the islands of Dominica and Martinique and explored Antigua, St. Croix, Puerto Rico and other islands, before landing at Hispaniola to find the remaining garrison of the first voyage. At the end of December 1493, Columbus chose a second site for a colony on the same island. Life in the small colony is described in the letter written from there by Dr. Chanca (AJ-065). The Spanish settlers practically enslaved the Taino Indians to win gold, which led to a state of perpetual rebellion; European brutality, war and disease have wiped out two-thirds of the indigenous population in five years. When the Spanish authorities learned of the serious situation, Columbus was called home and arrived in Cadiz on 11 June 1496. He was released immediately after his return, and Ferdinand and Isabella agreed to finance a fourth voyage, during which he would seek the earthly paradise and the rich gold who would be nearby. He should continue to search for a crossing to India. In May 1502, Christopher Columbus left the city for his fourth and final voyage to the New World. Returning to Hispaniola, against the wishes of his benefactors, he explored the coasts of Central America in search of a strait and gold.

When he tried to return to Hispaniola, his ships had to be stranded in poor condition in Jamaica. Columbus and his men were marooned, but two of his captains managed to travel the 450 miles to Hispaniola. Columbus spent a year in Jamaica before the arrival of a rescue ship. On the thirty-third day after leaving Cadiz, I arrived in the Indian Sea, where I discovered many islands inhabited by many people. I took them all in possession for our happiest king by publicly proclaiming and deploying his standard, no one resisted. The island called Juana, like the others in its neighborhood, is very fertile. It has many ports on all sides, very safe and wide, above comparison with anyone I`ve ever seen. They cross many very wide and health-promoting rivers; and there are a lot of very high mountains.