Was founded by Bartholomew Columbus, brother to the Grand Admiral of the Ocean Sea; the presence of nearby gold mines, and the port facilities provided for in the Southern coast, seemed to be the most important reason behind its foundation. The five hundred homes settlement in Nueva Isabela lasted four years, featuring few permanent constructions: a tower, a small fortress, a chapel and a few houses. To the majority, the huts built by the Indians represented a viable solution for their on-site housing. ￼On another note, settling here had its advantages. It was located nearby the main Indian village, on the western riverside but not immediately in the vicinity. The river width was seen as a protective boundary. Avoiding provoking the original settler was a cautious mandate, which prevented confrontations. ￼Once the settlement established, many issues arose repetitively. Firstly, the lack of fresh water, since the Ozama waters were severely brackish beyond villa boundaries. The available water was provided by springs mainly used by the natives, and especially the spring located on the other end, where the so-called Columbus Fountain was later installed. ￼Several adversities were experienced, according to chronicles of that time. At sunset, the heat from the sun would cause an excessive evaporation of the river run, causing an extensive wet haze that surrounded the villa, thus annoying the settlers. ￼In 1502, a hurricane destroyed the thatched houses village. Resettling was decided using the workforce brought in by the newly-arrived governor Frey Nicolás de Ovando, hence making coexistence possible at first, and then resulting in a gradual usurpation of native lands by way of building houses and seeded lands. ￼The reasons for resettling were commented many times over. Many stress about this being an opportunity for governor Ovando to stand out as founder of Santo Domingo. The event and his political power overshadowed the foundation by Bartholomew Columbus, whom had founded Nueva Isabela four years earlier in honor of the Queen of Spain, Isabelle I.