A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 03 eBook

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which proved more pernicious than all that the natives were able to do.  The discontented party transmitted complaints to the court of Spain against the admiral and his brother; on which Francis de Bovadilla, a knight of the order of Calatrava, was sent out with authority to investigate the cause of the troubles in the infant colony.  Bovadilla carried matters with a high hand, and on very slight pretences sent Columbus and his brother in irons to Spain, in separate vessels.  Immediately on their arrival in Spain, their majesties ordered them to be set at liberty, and to repair to court, which was then at Granada:  And, although they cleared themselves of all that had been laid to their charge, they were deprived of the government of the West Indies, and put off with fair promises.  Bovadilla was afterwards lost at sea, on his return to Spain.

On the 9th of May 1502, Columbus sailed again from Spain with 170 men.  He arrived before San Domingo on the 29th of June, but the new governor Nicholas de Ovando would not permit him to come into the harbour, for which reason he was constrained to sail to the westwards.  After struggling with adverse currents and long calms for some time, he had to contend against an almost continued storm of sixty days, and then discovered the island of Guana ja, to the northward of Cape Honduras, in Lat. 19 deg.  N. He sent his brother on shore at this place, where he met with a canoe eight feet wide and as long as a Spanish galley.  This canoe was covered with mats, and had men, women, and children on board, who had abundance of commodities for barter; such as long webs of cotton of several colours; short cotton shirts or jerkins without sleeves, curiously wrought; small cotton cloths used by the natives to conceal their nakedness; wooden swords edged with flints; copper hatchets, and horse-bells of the same metal; likewise plates of copper, and crucibles, or melting pots; cocoa nuts; bread made of maize or Indian corn, and a species of drink made from the same.  Columbus exchanged some commodities with these Indians; and inquiring at them where gold was to be found, they pointed towards the east, on which he altered his course in that direction.  The first land he came to was Cape Casinas in the province of Honduras, where his brother landed and took formal possession.  The natives of this coast wore short cotton jackets without sleeves, and clouts before them.  They behaved very peaceably to the Spaniards, whom they supplied with plenty of provisions.  Sailing several days to the eastwards from thence with contrary winds, he arrived at a great cape or head-land, whence the coast trended to the southwards, and called this place Cabo de Garcias a Dios, or Cape thanks to God, because the east winds which had hitherto obstructed his voyage would now serve for navigating that part of the coast.  He accordingly explored that coast, touching at Porto Bello, Nombre de Dios, Belen and Veragua, trading with the

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