De la Cosa owned the Santa Maria and
captained her on Christopher Columbusí first journey to America. After
grounding ship in December of 1492, he lost favor with Columbus, but
later resolved issues between them and returned again on Columbusís
In 1499, de la Cosa accompanied Spanish Explorer Alonso de Ojeda along
the north coast of South America. De la Cosa prepared the first map of
the world after the discovery of America, including Columbusí
discoveries, Cabotís voyage to Canada and da Gamaís route to India.
De la Cosa also accompanied Ojeda on his 1509 expedition to conquer and
settle present day Columbia. During the expedition Ojeda led an attack
against the natives in which de la Cosa was killed by a poisoned arrow.
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