Columbus was sailing back to Europe from his first travel to the "Indias", he was writing a letter for the King and he was concerned about his mate of adventure, Martin Alonso Pinzon who had the intention to arrive first at Spanish coasts to take the merit of the great result of the journey.
After a shipwreck the two gathered again and Columbus accepted the excuses of Pinzon.
Anyway, have you ever wondered what happened when Columbus was back to the European coasts?
Columbus had intention to reach Spain, but after a storm he lost a bit the rout and he reached the river Tago, in Portugal and so he took land near the tower at Belem, close to Lisbona.
In the port of Lisbona [this is a historical meeting for real!] he met a galera commanded by Bartolomeo Diaz [just the man who passed the Cape in South Africa].
Diaz welcomes Columbus on his ship with all the honors and on 8th March he invited him to the Portuguese Royal Court.
King John listens to Columbus with a very kind stance and the presence of Natives from he "Indias" are an evidence that Columbus hadn't entered far Portuguese lands.
As Columbus feared, in the meanwhile Pinzon had landed to Palos and he was trying to communicate the result of the journey, but after some days he died [without forces, it seems].
Columbus, expected by Ferdinando and Isabella, entered Palos port on March 15th.
And then? How Europe knew about Columbus and how did they discuss his deeds?
Pietro Martire d'Angheria, for example, on May 14th 1493 writes from Barcellona to Giovanni Borromeo saying that
[original content and my translation from Italian]
"Da pochi giorni è tornato dagli antipodi occidentali un tale Cristoforo Colombo, un ligure che dai mei Re aveva a stento ottenuto tre imbarcazioni per questa missione poichè ritenevano fantasiose le cose che diceva; è tornato, ha portato testimonianze di molte cose preziose, ma soprattutto di oro, che quelle regioni producono spontaneamente ..." |
"A few days ago returned from the antipodes West, such a Christopher Columbus, a Ligurian from my King had hardly got three boats for this mission because it believed the fanciful things he said, he returned, he brought testimonies of many precious things, but above of gold, that those regions produce spontaneously..."