Fourth Voyage

Columbus initiated a fourth trip in search of the Strait of Malacca to the Indian Ocean. He was accompanied by his son Fernando and brother Bartolomeo and left Cadiz in 1502. Columbus sailed to Arzila on the Moroccan coast to save Portuguese soldiers whom he knew were under siege by the Moors.

On June 15, the ship landed on the island of Martinique. A hurricane was brewing, so Colombus was hoping to find shelter on Hispaniola. After arriving at Santo Domingo, Christopher was denied port, and the new governor did not care to listen to his storm predictions. Consequently, Columbus's ships sheltered at the mouth of the Rio Jaina and survived with some minor damages when 29 of the 30 ships in the governor's fleet were lost to a storm.

Explorer then spent about two months exploring the coasts of Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua before arriving in Panama.

In Panama, Colombus learned about gold and a strait to another ocean. However, local leader Quibian warned the foreigner not to go past a certain point down the river. After some time, Columbus managed to establish a garrison at the mouth of the Belen River, where Quibian attacked it.

Columbus in Jamaica

On his way back to Hispaniola, Columbus sighted the Cayman Islands and named them after Las Tortugas since the presence of numerous turtles there. After additional damage from the storm and is unable to continue the trip, Christopher decided to stay in Jamaica, where he remained stranded for about one year. Due to being in desperate need, Colombus was trying to induce the natives in continuing to provide him with food and finally succeeded after predicting a lunar eclipse with the use of astronomical charts. Eventually, help arrived, and Columbus and his men returned to Spain on November 7.