By Hestevan and Raul

1. Introduction

The goal behind the 3rd journey was bring supplies for the settlement and explore further south. It was May 30, 1498 when Christopher Columbus went from Spain, this time from the port of Sanlucar, with 6 vessels. The group of ships landed on June 19 at the Canary Islands, this was after a brief stop at Madeira and Porto Santo. From the Canary Islands they separated into two teams.

2. Exploration

Christopher Columbus aimed initially at the Cape Verde Islands in an attempt to get cattle, unfortunately these efforts were futile. The group of ships, after sailing onward July 4, found themselves in an area with little wind. The 'Doldrums' as it is called is known for such pathetic gusts. Nine days later Columbus and his 3 ships had only managed to travel one hundred and twenty leagues! Then, the winds miraculously came back on July 22 and they aimed their ships west.

Water and other supplies were dwindling by July 31. Christopher Columbus made plans to return to the previously discovered Dominica (found on the second voyage). Christopher Columbus was a deeply spiritual man and it was no surprise that he named the 3 hilled Island they came across next as Trinidad (Holy Trinity referring to the 3-person God-head, Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

Trinidad served not just as a means for water but a gateway to America. It was during the collection of water for their continued voyage that they saw the coastline of South America. From what history tells us it was this moment that Europeans first came across America.

It was for a period of 8 days in August that Christopher Columbus explored the Gulf of Paria which lies in-between Trinidad and South America. It was early on August 13 that they finished this area of discovery and headed west from the gulf and went along till the 16th where they landed at Margarita. As with his previous trip Christopher Columbus's physical condition had deteriorated so he made plans to head back to Hispaniola — landing there on August 19. However this was not a good situation to be coming into. Dissatisfied settlers rebelled against his leadership and he could not make them back down without agreeing to certain embarrassing terms.

3. When he was in prison

The unhappiness seemed to be mainly over the small quantities of gold discovered in the area. The King and Queen of Spain, Ferdinand and Isabela set an imperial representative above even Christopher Columbus and sent him to Santo Domingo where the turmoil was occurring. The representative, a Francisco de Bobadilla, arrived October 1500 and put Christopher Columbus in chains sending him back to Spain.

Third Voyage
Third Voyage