25. Columbus’ Fourth Voyage

The Route of Columbus’ fourth voyage. Image via: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Columbus_fourth_voyage_nl.jpg

Despite being arrested and sent back to Spain to face punishment, Columbus was not done yet. He managed to wrangle himself one last voyage of discovery. Perhaps he shouldn’t have bothered pursuading the Spanish monarchy to let him have another go, on the way he will face a hurricane, yet more mutiny and end up stranded on a Caribbean island.

24. Portugal makes an entrance

The Idyllic Brazilian coastline – similar to what the Portuguese would have encountered on this trip

Over the last few episodes we have been busy looking at Spanish activity in the Caribbean, but Portugal’s activities have hardly been mentioned. Today we follow them as they make their first visit in the new world.

The story includes first contact with the native Tupi people of Brazil, a great storm that will kill hundreds of people, and the naming of the American continent.