Imp. Bertauts, r. Cadet. Marchant, Edit. Alliance des Arts, R. de Rivoli, 140. [n.d. c.1850.]
Lithograph. 227 x 280mm. 9 x 11".
During Columbus's stint as governor and viceroy, he had been accused of governing tyrannically. Columbus was physically and mentally exhausted; his body was wracked by arthritis and his eyes by ophthalmia. In October 1499, he sent two ships to Spain, asking the Court of Spain to appoint a royal commissioner to help him govern. The Court appointed Francisco de Bobadilla, a member of the Order of Calatrava; however, his authority stretched far beyond what Columbus had requested. Bobadilla was given total control as governor from 1500 until his death in 1502. Arriving in Santo Domingo while Columbus was away, Bobadilla was immediately peppered with complaints about all three Columbus brothers: Christopher, Bartolomé, and Diego. On 1 October 1500, Columbus and his two brothers, likewise in chains, were sent back to Spain.
[Ref: 12950] £140.00