Columbus believed that he would take him to Japan or the coast of China after sailing southwest from San Salvador.
He arrived on Cuba on October 28.
He decided to go to the mainland of China near the coastal city of Quinsay, so he sent a small embassy inland with instructions to locate the grand city.
Small villages were found by the landing party.
Columbus was focused on trying to find gold or other valuables among the people he had discovered.
The sight of Taino people wearing gold ornaments on Hispaniola seemed to show that gold was available in the region.
He went back to Spain in January to report on his discovery.
The Spanish had a policy of conquest and colonization in the New World.
The island of Hispaniola was gated by Columbus on his second voyage.
He brought settlers with him on his voyages.
Columbus had little interest in governing.
He discovered revolt had broken out against his brother when he arrived in Hispaniola.
The brothers were returned to Spain in chains.
Columbus did not regain his authority over the territories despite being cleared of wrongdoing.
Columbus believed he had found small islands off the coast of Asia at the end of his life.
He didn't realize that he had found a vast continent that was unknown to Euro peans.
He didn't know that the lands he discovered would become a crucial new arena for international trade and colo nization, with grave consequences for native peoples.
Amerigo Vespucci realized what Columbus had not.
Vespucci wrote about his discoveries on the coast of modern-day Venezuela, and he was the first to describe America as separate from Asia.
Amerigo had a bold claim and the continent was named after him.
The map shows the wealth of new information provided by European explorers after Columbus's 1492 voyage.
New details on Africa, South America, India, the Malay Archipelago, and China were added to the map by Diogo Ribeiro.
The Spice Islands are too far to the east.
The mistake was intended to serve Spain's interests in trade negotiations with the Portuguese.
When I send two or three men to a village to see Columbus, they should listen to the past and have a conversation with them.
As soon as they saw my men all fled, a father not even waiting for his son.
They never say no if someone asks for something.
I named the first island that I found after the finest jewels in the world.
I saw another island which they had in abundance and I named it Hispaniola.
Hispaniola is a wonder because they have no religion and are not idols.
Power and goodness can be found in the meadow lands of the mountains and hills.
They are convinced that I have come for planting crops and raising cattle, and there are good things from the sky with these ships and people.
This belief site is used to build towns and villages.
The harbours are great, they gave me a good reception, and the majority had overcome their fear, which is not because they contain gold.
In Hispaniola, there are many spices and large mines that give gold and other metals.
The men in these islands are content with a plant or piece of cotton which they weave for the purpose.
They have no iron or steel or arms and are not capable of using them more than twenty.
I have not been able to find out if the women are timid or not because they are not strong and well built.
They have private property and all the weapons they have are canes.
Everything to the west of an imaginary line drawn down the Atlantic and everything to the east of an imaginary line.
When Portugal was given everything to the east in 1500, this division worked in their favor.
Spain was still looking for a western passage to Asia.
Ferdinand Magel was commissioned by Charles V of Spain to find a direct sea route to the spices of the Moluccas.
The people on another island have no hair.
Here there is a lot of gold, and from here and the other islands I bring Indians as evidence.
All Christendom will be happy that our redeemer has given victory to our most illustrious King and Queen.
They should hold great celebrations and give thanks to the Holy Trinity with many solemn prayers, for the great triumph which they will have, by the conversion of so many people to our holy faith and for the temporal benefits which will follow.