In 1504, Explorer Christopher Columbus used this belief to help him during his final trip to the West Indies. After several months of being marooned with his crew on the island of Jamaica, relations with the indigenous population soured and the supply of food stopped.
Fearing starvation, Columbus was aware that a total lunar eclipse would occur on 29 February 1504. He told his `hosts’ that if they did not assist him and his crew, the gods would paint the moon red as a sign of their anger. Right on cue, the lunar eclipse occurred, leaving the indigenous population believing Columbus possessed supernatural powers.
Here is our photo of the eclipse on August 28: