; born in Valladolid, Spain
, in 1460; was sent by Queen Isabella to supplant Bobadilla
as governor of Santo Domingo
in 1501, charged by the Queen
not to allow the enslavement of the natives, but to protect them as subjects of Spain
, and to carefully instruct them in the Christian
sailed for the West Indies
, Feb. 13, 1502, with thirty-two ships, bearing 2,500 persons to become settlers in that country.
By command of the Queen
, the Spaniards and natives were to pay tithes; none but natives of Castile
were to live in the Indies; none to go on discoveries without royal permission; no Jews, Moors
, nor new converts were to be tolerated there; and all the property that had been taken from Columbus
and his brother was to be restored to them.
's fleet were ten Franciscan friars, the first of that order who came to settle in the Indies.
, like Bobadilla
, treated Columbus
He was recalled in 1508, and was succeeded in office by Diego Columbus
, son of the great admiral.
died in Madrid, Spain
, in 1518.