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Columbus’s expedition crew accidentally arrived
on what they thought was “Asia” but they had actually landed on the land which is
now the United States of America on October 12, 1492, where they immediately
set out on and expedition to explore the island. Soon after beginning the
expedition they found some natives, and the settlers and natives exchanged
goods. This was a great thing for the Europeans, even though they probably
thought nothing of it as it was happening. Columbus then sailed around the new
land he had discovered for a few months exploring, and looking for interesting
things and riches to be discovered. Columbus later returned to Spain around
January; unfortunately for Columbus and his crew, one of his ships was run
aground. He decided it would be a good idea use the wood from the wreckage, to
build a fort on the island where 39 men stood in the fort that would be called
La Navidad. He later set sail and arrived in Spain where he met with King
Ferdinand and the Queen Elizabeth and told them about his adventures and what
he had discovered during them. The king and queen were very happy with Columbus’
bravery and exploration skills and that the trip they sponsored was a success.
They were so impressed he was given a reward of money and the title of
“Almirante del Mar”. Later on Christopher received a decree on paper
from the pope. The decree stated that all lands 100 kilometers west of the Cape
Verde islands belonged to Spain and would be under their rule. A second journey
was planned soon after receive the decree. The purpose of this journey was to
be much bigger and include many more settlers so they could potentially claim
more land as the people expanded. 25 September 1493 was the date on which the
second voyage, that included an amount of seventeen ships and 1200 settlers,
sailed. The group arrived at the last landing site to find its settlement was
completely destroyed. Columbus then left the destroyed settlement to look for
the passage he heard of to Asia and left his brother to lead the settlers. This
was the first mistake of Columbus. Columbus’s brother, Diego, was not a good
leader and had many problems managing all the settlers. Many of the settlers
either left for their homes or died at the settlement. Many of the settlers
sent letters to Spain to complain about the leadership of their colony and how it
was failing under Diego’s guidance. Columbus was forced to return to 

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