|A Year of Colonial American Frontier History|
The Santa Maria's grounding had presented Columbus with both a problem and an opportunity. In the absence of the Pinta, the extra crewmen would not fit on the Nina. On Christmas Day, Columbus made the decision to found a settlement on Hispaniola with the crewmen from the Santa Maria. By the next day, the crewmen began breaking up the ship to use the lumber to build the small settlement. Columbus and his crew would remain on Hispaniola, building the stockade using logs from the forest and lumber from the ship. He would leave thirty-nine men behind.
A Year of Colonial American Frontier History
© Paul Wonning 2016