Francisco de Bobadilla

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Francisco de Bobadilla was a Spanish conquistador and colonial administrator.


As a member of the Order of Calatrava, in 1499, de Bobadilla was appointed to succeed Christopher Columbus as the second governor of the Indies, Spain's new territories in America, by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.

Upon his arrival in the Colony of Santo Domingo on Hispaniola in August 1500, de Bobadilla upheld accusations of mismanagement made against Columbus, and had Columbus sent back to Spain in chains.[1]

In 1502, he was replaced as governor of the Colony of Santo Domingo by Nicolás de Ovando y Cáceres.

He died on 11 July [O.S. 1 July] 1502 during a hurricane that wrecked 20 vessels of the 31-ship convoy, including the flagship, El Dorado, in the Mona Passage returning to Spain. Among the surviving ships was the Aguja, the weakest ship of the convoy and which carried the gold Columbus was owed—spurring accusations that Columbus magically invoked the storm out of vengeance.[2]

See also


  1. Morison, Samuel Eliot (1942), Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus, Boston: Little, Brown and Co., p. 571<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
  2. Morison, Samuel Eliot (1942), p. 590.
Government offices
Preceded by
Christopher Columbus
Viceroy of the Indies
Succeeded by
Nicolás de Ovando