Christopher Columbus

The Fourth Voyage

In 1502, Columbus made his fourth and final journey to the west. This time, Columbusís goal was to find the ďStrait of Molucca,Ē the way to the Spice Islands. This trip was almost as unfortunate as the third voyage. Weathering a hurricane, being denied entrance to Hispaniola, exploring the mainland and islands of South America, and surviving yet another storm, Columbus was finally forced to stop in Jamaica. His ship was so badly damaged that he and his crew had to stay on Jamaica, stranded, for two years. Eventually, help from Hispaniola arrived, and Columbus and his men were taken back to Spain in 1504.