Here, Columbus was received with the utmost cordiality by the chief whose innate gentleness and goodness of heart were characteristic of all his people, whom Columbus described as "a loving, uncovetous people, so docile [5/6] in all things, that I believe in all the world there is not a better people or a better country; they love their neighbours as themselves, and they have the sweetest and gentlest way of talking in the world, and always with a smile." On this Island and among these people, Columbus determined to leave a small settlement which he named La Navidad. He had not been there more than six months, however, when he set forth on his second voyage, this time accompanied by 1500 eager men instead of the 120 hesitant adventurers of his previous expedition.
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The land first touched was an island in the Bahama group to which the name San Salvador was given.
Thence, proceeding southwards, Columbus landed at Cuba, which he was confident was the main land of India.
The only artifact surviving from this period is the baptismal font, which experts from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford identified as a large Medieval mortar.
Likely dating from the eleventh or twelfth centuries, its large size suggests that it was taken from a monastery kitchen in England.