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Columbus and the Age of Discovery

on BBC Two England

Documentary series marking the 500th anniversary of Columbus's landing in the Americas.
The Sword and the Cross
Columbus's second voyage, in September 1493, boasted 17 ships and 1,200 people: soldiers, artisans, priests and farmers. Their destination was
La Navidad, the settlement founded on Hispaniola at the end of the first voyage. This was the vanguard of Spanish colonialism. However,
Columbus's twin goals, to find gold and to Christianise the natives, were to end in failure. The conquest and enslavement of the Indians led to an impassioned debate in Spain about the rights of the native populations of the New World. But for the Indians of Hispaniola it was already too late. When Columbus founded his colony, there were an estimated half-a-million Indians on the island. By 1519, only 500 remained. Presented by Mauricio Obregon. Producer Graham Chedd * STEREO


Presented By:
Mauricio Obregon.
Graham Chedd

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