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Previous: Christopher Columbus
Gathering supplies and a very large fleet, Columbus once more sets out from England. However, this time under his command he has 23 ships and over 1800 people - made up mostly of settlers. These included farmers, blacksmiths, sheep-herders, religious priests - even a few women! And also horses, every European town needs some! However, it can be told this is not only planned to be a settlement to grow the amount of resources at the disposal of Henry VII, but to also look to convert natives and bring them to follow and worship "the glorious lord, our god". The crew makes landfall in late 1493, and to his surprise, Columbus discovers the outpost has grown slightly and begun to thrive. The men took local wives and a few children have already been born to the settlers. He is not too happy with this move but he understands that the men have... needs.
Using the new arrivals, Columbus soon commissions the construction of new houses and a main port to be made. For this, trading with the local tribes increases and many begin to look upon the new arrivals favourably. The small town grows rapidly as people work quickly and as though they have a purpose to now fulfil. Water begins to be drawn from the small rivers and lakes and a small network of irrigation channels are made to try to make crop growing succeed. However the early attmepts are not as big as they need to be and the crops fail. A shortage of food begins to set in and the natives have to be called upon to bail the colonists out of the tricky situation. But what does Columbus offer the natives in exchange?