Category: Christopher Columbus

In 1493, Columbus mistook manatees for mermaids and wrote, “they are not so beautiful as they are said to be, for their faces had some masculine traits.”

In 1504, Christopher Columbus was stranded in Jamaica with natives who refused to give him food. But he knew the date and time of an upcoming lunar eclipse. So he told the natives that his gods were angry at their treatment of him, and would provide a clear sign. Once the eclipse started, the natives raced to give him food and begged for mercy.

Christopher Columbus was thrown in jail upon his return to Spain for mistreating the native population of Hispaniola.