By: Manuel Domínguez


Bartholomew Columbus was the younger brother of Christopher Columbus. He was a navigator and a mapmaker.
He though with his brother the ‘Enterprise of the Indies’ in 1470. In 1480 Bartholomew lived in France, and Christopher in Spain, to convince their monarchs to back the plan.
When his brother had succeeded in 1493, Bartholomew returned to Spain where he missed Christopher who had left for the second voyage. In 1494 he travelled to Hispaniola to meet his brother. He remained on the island for six years serving as captain on one of the ships and as governor during the absence of his brother. He founded Santo Domingo de Guzman on Hispaniola between 1496 and 1498. He was imprisoned together with his brothers Christopher and Diego by Francisco de Bobadilla and returned to Spain in 1501. After the royal pardon for Christopher, Bartholomew went with Christopher on the last of his four voyages.
Bartholomew died in Santo Domingo, leaving as the only inheritor his nephew Diego Columbus. His brother, Diego Columbus, returned to Spain to take charge of the inheritance.

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Diego (brother)

Diego Columbus was born in Genoa (Italy) on the year 1465 or 1468.
He was marine and governor. He was the young brother of Christopher Columbus with whom he collaborated narrowly in his trips and discoveries, to the service of the Catholic Monarchs.
In the second trip of Christopher to the Indies, in 1493, Diego accompanied and still had him as president of a government council in La Española eclipsing Diego's figure.
In 1495 Diego realized a trip to Spain to be made to hear before the kings. Five years later, being the governor of Santo Domingo he received Francisco de Bobadilla and perceived the problems that would lead to the dismissal of the Admiral as viceroy of the new lands, the intention of his brothers was that Diego ended up by occupying one clergy post. In 1509, he returned to the Island of La Española until the death of his brother Bartholomew one saw obliged to return to Spain to take charge of the inheritance, and he wouldn’t return to America. On February 21, 1515 Diego died in Seville.

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Diego (son)

Diego Columbus was also the name of the first son of Christopher Columbus. His mother was Filipa Moniz. He was born in Porto Santo (Portugal) on the year 1476. He was the 4th Viceroy of the Indies.
Diego was made a page at the Spanish court in 1492, the year his father found America in his first trip.
He spent most of his life trying to regain the titles and privileges that his father was granted for his explorations and then stripped of in 1500. In 1509, he was named Governor of the Indies. He established his home in Santo Domingo.
He was made Viceroy of the Indies in 1511, remaining in charge until 1518. He also made trips to Spain in 1515 and 1523 to plead his case.
He died on February 23, 1526 in Puebla de Montalbán (Spain).

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Juan Perez

Fray Juan Perez was an Spanish Franciscan, friar of the convent of La Rábida. He lived in the traffic of the 15 to 16 century. Unlike with Fray Antonio Marchena, there weren’t doubts over his personality. Only he has reigned some confusion brings over of the first time that treated Columbus. He is the friend and intimate confidant. Fray Antonio Marchena represents the science and the ascendant high place; Fray Juan Perez the friendship and the heart. We would say that Fray Juan Perez personifies La Rábida. In the point itself where Fray Antonio Marchena concludes performance, it begins that of Fray Juan Perez.

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Ant. Marchena

Fray Antonio Marchena was an Spanish Franciscan that lived in the traffic of the 15 to 16 century. He was a friar of the convent of The Rábida, the same thing that was Fray Juan Perez, where in 1484 Christopher Columbus asked for asylum for him and his son Diego. Fray Antonio Marchena was known as "estrellero", for his interest to the astronomy, he was the first confidant of Columbus in Spain. The future admiral decided to convince him in the viability of his idea to come to East navigating course to West, in the interview that took place in the cell of the Father Marchena of the Convent of La Rábida. We would say that Fray Antonio Marchena personifies the Order of San Francisco.