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Dominican Republic

Figure 2.8: The western half of the Island Hispaniola- the Dominican Republic

Pointer co-ordinates: 18051'31.90 N and 70004'20.56' W

On January 15th, Columbus travelled back to Spain via the Azores, where he encountered strong winds and storms (

He remained on the island of Santa Maria in the Azores and he was yet again delayed by strong winds which compelled him to change course and go to Lisbon (

He stayed in Portugal for about a week before leaving for Spain (

Columbus and his crew reached their Spanish destination on the 15th March 1493 where he was well-received by the king and queen, as well as by the nation (

His first voyage was a huge success and the monarchs arranged for Christopher Columbus' second expedition.