Discovery of the Bay of Cartagena in 1503

Rodrigo de Bastidas was the first Spanish to come close from the coast of Cartagena de Indias. He was a lawyer in Seville and accompanied Christophe Colomb on one of his trips to America. By passing through the bay, he wrongly gave it the name of Golf of Baru. But in 1503, the queen Isabel published a disposition to change the name for the Bay of Cartagena with advices from the renowned cosmographer Juan de la Cosa, which was advised from the Queen and was with Rodrigo de Bastidas concerning this discovery.

There’s a large similitude between the Bay of Cartagena and the one of Levante in Spain. This is maybe the reason that inspired the Queen and adviser of la Cosa for this name.




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