Francisco de Bobadilla
Francisco de Bobadilla arresting Columbus
|Governor of the Indies|
May 21, 1499 - July 11, 1502
|Nicolas de Ovando|
|Children||Isabel de Bobadilla y Peñalosa|
|Relatives||Beatriz de Bobadilla (sister)|
Francisco Fernández de Bobadilla (c. 1450, Kingdom of Aragon - 11 July 1502, Mona Passage) was a Spanish conquistador, colonial administrator, and Knight of the Order of Calatrava. He was the second Governor of the West Indies, replacing Christopher Columbus.
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 the New World, by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
During his short term as governor, he canceled mining taxes in a successful attempt to stimulate gold production. But this action may have offended the crown and possibly lead to his recall to Spain. 
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.
| Viceroy of the Indies
Nicolás de Ovando
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