As every schoolchild knows, in fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue--but not everyone is aware that he did it again in 1502. In THE LAST VOYAGE OF COLUMBUS, Martin Dugard relates the story of Columbus's eventful fourth and final voyage to the New World, from 1502 to 1504, when he was still looking for a passageway to India and China and was under pressure to bring back riches to his sponsors, Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain. History comes alive as Dugard tells a tale not of one big thing--discovery--but of many smaller ones: court politics, naval administration, merchant ways, seafaring lore, encounters with native peoples, mutiny, gold, jungles--all beginning with Columbus in a prison cell in Santo Domingo. The Columbus depicted here is a flesh-and-blood man, consumed by the desire for gold, power, and fame. This compelling account of Columbus's final expedition through the Caribbean and Central America is based on primary sources such as ships' logs, captains' diaries, and letters.