Political map of North America & the Caribbean 23 August 1500 (Fall of Columbus): Distrusting Columbus (Christopher Columbus)’ claimed primacy in the New World (Capitulations of Santa Fe), the Spanish monarchs (Catholic Monarchs) began supporting the voyages of other explorers—beginning with Alonso de Ojeda and Amerigo Vespucci in 1499. At about the same time, responding to complaints about Columbus’ cruelty to settlers and natives alike, they appointed the knight Francisco de Bobadilla to as Governor of the Indies in his stead. Arriving in Santo Domingo (Colony of Santo Domingo) in August 1500, Bobadilla found Columbus guilty of the charges and sent him back to Spain in chains. Although he was soon pardoned and allowed to return as an explorer in 1502, Columbus would never hold power again.