So what? Your links confirm what I said, and given the other information the guy was obviously a douche.iLOL
I guess the crew didn't believe Ptolemy eh?
Sorry. He handled it just fine, and it wasn't directly relatable to his person or skills as a Captain.
It was because of the length of the voyage.
So spare everybody your personal spin.
Yeah sure. Not!
October 10, 1492 – Near Mutiny
Wednesday, October 10, proved to be the most dangerous day for Columbus. The grumblings and resentment among the sailors was growing and nearly resulted in a mutiny. In order to quell the rising discontent among the men, Columbus bargained with them. It has been reported by numerous scholars that Columbus offered his men a deal in which he stated that if after three days no land was sighted, he would turn back. He persuaded a few of the influential sailors and, with their aid, quelled the rebellion. Columbus’s journal does not paint quite the same picture historians have uncovered. His words seem to show that he was uncompromising in his actions and that the men withdrew from the mutiny solely because it was their duty to follow him on the quest. Either way, Columbus’s time appeared to be running short. He now had only a few days left in which to find the long-sought-after land of the Indies.
Wednesday, 10 October 1492Near Mutany, Columbus Voyage Timeline, Christopher Columbus, Social Studies, Glencoe
I held course to the WSW, running 7½ knots, and at times 9 knots, and for a while 5¼ knots. Between day and night I made 177 miles. I told the crew 132 miles, but they could stand it no longer. They grumbled and complained of the long voyage, and I reproached them for their lack of spirit, telling them that, for better or worse, they had to complete the enterprise on which the Catholic Sovereigns had sent them. I cheered them on as best I could, telling them of all the honors and rewards they were about to receive. I also told the men that it was useless to complain, for I had started out to find the Indies and would continue until I had accomplished that mission, with the help of Our Lord.
Patrick J. Murphy and Ray W. Coye’s Mutiny and Its Bounty: Leadership Lessons from the Age of Discovery explores how great seafaring captains like Columbus and Magellan not only quelled mutinies but also built upon such incidents to strengthen their enterprises. Today’s organizational leaders have much to learn about leadership and tactics from these earlier masters. Learn more and read a short excerpt from the book below.
Mutinies were so natural in the Age of Discovery that they could be reliably expected to occur in just about any bold seafaring enterprise. They were a normal part of taking risks together in organized but uncertain settings. Leaders and members abided by an authority structure, but proximity during an enterprise made for a certain sense of equality. All leaders directly experienced mutiny. Great leaders knew how to respond effectively to mutiny, often through means so artful as to transform it into success. Because mutiny is a force, it ought to be possible ot leverage it in creative ways to serve a human enterprise. The culture of the Age of Discovery, especially in its early years, admitted these kinds of possibilities.
Columbus’s first enterprise is an excellent illustration of how a leader can respond to subtle and underlying tension when it flashes into mutinous action. In fact, he incurred at least two mutinies during his first and most famous venture to the New World.
Mutiny Profiles: Christopher Columbus | Yale Press Log