Biography of Diego Colón (ca. 1445-1515)

Navigator and cosmographer Explorer, brother of Christopher Columbus, born in Genoa and Seville between 1445 and 1468. He died in the city of Seville in 1515. He accompanied his brother Christopher on the second trip to America. He was Governor of Hispaniola and Isabela Islands. His weak character made to abandon these positions in favor of his other brother, Bartholomew Columbus. Apparently, became a monk and died in the religious State.

First American stay of Diego Colón.

At the end of 1493, Diego was in America accompanying his brother Christopher in this second trip to American soil. In 1494 she was the charge, given by his brother, President of a Council that governed the island of Hispaniola. Meanwhile, Christopher had their hands free to carry out exploration in the area. Another brother, Bartolome, reach the island, Diego was losing prominence against the more forceful character and the most political experience of the first.

First return to Spain.

In 1495 he returned to Castile in a journey fast for a stay of a few months. The goal, which his brothers showed him, was the counter to the Kings the voices and opinions of those who were opponents in America to the Colon brothers. The accusations against them were more and more patents in the metropolis and began to undermine the spirit and the confidence of the monarchs.

The second American stay.

On the occasion of the repeated requests of the enemies of the Columbus brothers, in August 1500 took place the arrival of the substitute for Colon, Francisco de Bobadilla, appointed by the monarch. diego Colón was the first to foresee the consequences of this event, since he was to govern the city while the Admiral, Cristobal, rode by the Vega Real and the advance, Bartholomew, by Jaragua, trying to quell uprisings of Castilians against them. Diego was the first to hear about the powers that brought Francisco de Bobadilla. He was also the first to interview him, because judge pesquisidor that was inferred by the monarchs. Perhaps that is the reason why he was also the first to act somewhat fitfully and publicly proclaiming that the powers of his brother, granted previously by the Catholic monarchs before and after the first trip to America, were higher than the de Bobadilla. This did not prevent the arrest of Christopher and Bartolomé Colón and his return and confinement in a prison in Castile.

Second return to Spain.

In a document dated 8 February 1504, the Catholic monarchs granted to Diego Colón a letter of naturalization, in such a way that it allowed the possibility of having an ecclesiastical position in Castile and thus enjoy all the benefits, both spiritual and mainly economic and material, this entailed. The doubt whether it was or not the contents of the letter, though, following the custom of the Castilian nobility, Diego older brothers intended this to occupy ecclesiastical office. Apparently, Diego Colón actually joined a religious order.

Third American stay.

In 1509, Diego returned to American soil, again to the island of Hispaniola, this time accompanied by his nephew, also named Diego, son of Christopher and who was appointed as Governor of the Indies. There resided their uncle Diego as owner of several parcels of Indian work.

The return final to Spain.

In September, 1514, Diego returned to Spain to take over the assets of his brother Bartholomew, who had died not long ago time (in August) on American soil. February 21, 1515, Diego Colón died in Seville. He was buried in the chapel of Santa Ana of the Carthusian monastery of the caves.

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