LC-DIG-pga In the letter that prefaces his journal of the first voyage, the admiral vividly evokes his own hopes and binds them all together with the conquest of the infidel, the victory of Christianity, and the westward route to discovery and Christian alliance: He also believed that Japan which he called "Cipangu", following Marco Polo was much larger, farther to the east from China "Cathay"and closer to the equator than it is, and that there were inhabited islands even farther to the east than Japan, including the mythical Antilliawhich he thought might lie not much farther to the west than the Azores.
Columbus did control excesses, but he was determined to take back both material and human cargo to his sovereigns and for himself.
His family was respectable, but of limited means, so that the early education of Columbus was defective. Columbus was leaving town by mule in despair when Ferdinand intervened.
He felt himself ill-used and short-changed nonetheless, and these years were marred, for both him and King Ferdinand, by his constant pressing for redress. A sighting of the Orinoco River mouth convinced Columbus that he was on the shores of a major continent, not another island.
The prospect was disheartening. Columbus was arrested and shipped back to Spain in chains. This implied rebellion and furnished a pretext to Bobadilla for measures unjustifiably harsh. If he could then figure out the distance from Alexandria to Syene, since he knew the angular difference between the two cities, he could figure out the circumference of the Earth!
Alarmed by the turmoil caused by the meeting of the waters of the Orinoco which empties through several channels into the Atlantic opposite Trinidad with the Guiana current, Columbus kept close to the southern shore of Trinidad as far as its south-western extremity, where he found the water still more turbulent.
His instructions were, as his office required, general and his faculties, of course, discretionary; there is no need of supposing secret orders inimical to Columbus to explain what afterwards happened.
Columbus entrusted his older, legitimate son Diego to take care of Beatriz and pay the pension set aside for her following his death, but Diego was negligent in his duties.
However, he died a disappointed man. Adventurous emigration may have been encouraged by the decree signed March 31,ordering the expulsion of the Jews from Spain.
Columbus was a far better sailor than an administrator. The vicinity was comparatively well peopled by nativesArawaks like those of the Bahamasbut slightly more advanced in culture. Within a few days after the landing of Bobadilla, Diego and Bartholomew Columbus were imprisoned and put in irons.
He was reinstated in his office and all offenders were pardoned; and a number of them returned to Santo Domingo. Columbus became one of the few voices to call for sailing west to reach the lucrative markets of China and Japan.
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