In 1503 during his fourth voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus and his men were stranded for months on the island of Santo Domingo (now Hispaniola, divided between Haiti and the Dominican Republic) due to the shipped being disabled by shipworms. The locals were not happy about Christopher Columbus and his men on there Island and were going to attack them. But Columbus being a better educated man forestall the attack. He had a plan and an almanac, written by the Spanish Jewish astronomer Abraham Zacuto, that contained astronomical tables from which he was able Calculate the time of an event that would be amazing to locals. So on February 29th 1504, Columbus invited the tribal chiefs to attend a nighttime meeting on the beach at Santa Gloria Bay, where he promised that any attack on them would be avenged by God. Columbus asked the chiefs as proof to look to the moon, and it disappeared. The locals agreed not to attack, but instead would assist Columbus and his men. Unknown to the locals the moon did not actually disappear, it was eclipse by the earth’s shadow.
February 29th 1504
- How a Total Lunar Eclipse Saved Christopher Columbus – Space.com
Over the next 10 years Columbus would make three more voyages to the “New World.” On his fourth and final voyage, while exploring the coast of Central America, Columbus found himself in dire straits.
- How a Lunar Eclipse Saved Columbus – Space.com
On the night of Feb. 20, the full moon will pass into Earth’s shadow in an event that will be visible across all of the United States and Canada.
- March 1504 lunar eclipse – Wikipedia
A total lunar eclipse occurred on March 1, 1504, visible at sunset for the Americas, and later over night over Europe and Africa, and near sunrise over Asia.
- The Eclipse That Saved Columbus | Science News
By the time Christopher Columbus sailed westward in 1492, navigators were already using hefty volumes containing astronomical tables to guide them across unknown seas.
- How a lunar eclipse saved Christopher Columbus and helped him …
After being shipwrecked on an island, Christopher Columbus once used the appearance of a blood moon, during a lunar eclipse, to manipulate the natives.
- This Day in History: Christopher Columbus Tricks Native Jamaicans …
On this day in history, 1504, Christopher Columbus convinced a group of Native Jamaicans that his god was angry with them for ceasing to provide his group with supplies and that god would show his anger with a sign from the heavens.
- How a Lunar Eclipse Saved Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus is famous for “discovering” America in 1492 (and sailing the ocean blue). He really didn’t discover America.
- Columbus and the night of the bloody moon | Science | The Guardian
In 1504 while Christopher Columbus was stranded in Jamaica, he used his foreknowledge of a lunar eclipse to fool the natives into provisioning his men. Knowledge is power.
- Christopher Columbus – Wikipedia
The name Christopher Columbus is the Anglicisation of the Latin Christophorus Columbus. His name in Italian is Cristoforo Colombo and, in Spanish, it is Cristóbal Colón.