Columbus's Letter Regarding the Gold
Christopher Columbus posts a letter to Queen Isabella of Castile (Spain) regarding the establishment of colonies on Hispaniola and regulations on the collection and transportation of gold back to Spain. About 90% of the letter concerns individuals collecting gold. They must be registered colonists and receive permission from the mayor to collect gold, accept regular inspections and pay a church tax. When transporting gold back to Spain, a chest will be double locked with a key for the captain and a key for a designated official. Should any gold be found outside of the chest, it will be confiscated on behalf of the Queen. 
The Indians Pepper-Spray the Colonists of La Isabella
Christopher Columbus is proving to be a better sailor than a governor. After failing to notice that the water barrels were leaking, he and the colonists are forced to drink the local water which is contaminated. Instead of solving his water problem he orders the colonists to plant gardens and build stone walls for a fortress and town. He sends 400 of his men out into the jungle to look for gold. Still believing he is in the East Indies (think the Philippines) he sails away to look for China. He returns a few months later, deathly sick, to find that his men have gone back to Spain to complain, and the colonists are trying to steal food from some of the Taiyo [TAY-no] villages. Columbus looks on as the Indians hurl gourds filled with ashes and ground peppers... a pepper bomb... and attack. When steel meets pepper gourd, steel will win and each small battle pushes the Indians back. The Indians burn their own villages and gardens. By 1496, Columbus will return to Spain to beg for more money. When he returns, La Isabella will have failed.  
La Isabella Hit by Its First Hurricane and Its Second
The Spaniards have never experienced a hurricane before. Here it comes. One comes around late-September, some time. Records are not precise. The second will hit in late-October of next year. It will hit the colony of La Isabella so hard that the ships in the harbor will spin around their anchors until the cables break. Three ships will go to the bottom with all hands. 
This Year in Wikipedia
Year 1494, Wikipedia.
- * The asterisk in the section header indicates that it was read on the podcast.
- Columbus' letter to the King and Queen of Spain (1494). Internet History Sourcebooks Project, fordham.edu, 1494.
- Klondike Gold Rush - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 2 January 2015.
- Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy (BOOK), 3rd, Perseus Books Group, 290, 351, 355. ISBN 9780465002603.
- Indies - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 4 January 2015.
- "Chapter 1: Two Monuments", 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (BOOK), Knopf. ISBN 9780307265722. “In an early form of chemical warfare, the Indians threw gourds stuffed with ashes and ground hot peppers at their attackers, unleashing clouds of choking, blinding smoke. Protective bandannas over their faces, they charged through the tear gas, killing Spaniards.”
- List of Atlantic hurricanes before 1600 - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 4 January 2015.
- Alex Shrugged notes: I could provide a link to this guy's YouTube video. He has lots and lots of them along the same lines, but I don't want to promote his stuff. Frankly, the example works even if I made it up from whole cloth (which I did not).