November 7, 1504: Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his fourth and final voyage to the New World. For Europe, the riches are close enough to taste. For the Americas, the horror has only just begun.
Header: "The Departure of Columbus from Palos in 1492" by Emanuel Leutze via the Library of Congress (www.loc.gov/pictures). Many thanks to anonymous for the info ~ 12/9/2010