515th Anniversary of Columbus’ hurricane encounter

On June 30, 1502, during his fourth voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus and his fleet sought shelter from a hurricane.  While his fleet survived, a Spanish treasure fleet heading for home fared far worse. During his previous voyages to the Caribbean, Columbus had learned of the terrible storms that frequented the area.  The …

520th Anniversary of Columbus’ first encounter with a Hurricane

On July 16, 1494, Christopher Columbus ran afoul of a hurricane while sailing south of Cuba during his second voyage to the New World.  Having established a new colony on the north coast of Hispañola in April, Columbus sailed westward along what he thought was a peninsula of China for the next four months.  After …