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mail and metal tips from dagger scabbards (below right). The colony was soon threat ened from within. In 1496 Co lumbus's brother Bartholomew began to relocate able-bodied men to Santo Domingo, which had a better harbor and was closer to the richer gold deposits of the south coast. Infuriated over harsh rule by the brothers, emboldened by their absence, and desperate from near famine, the mayor of La Isabela, Francisco Roldan, rallied supporters to insurrection in 1497. Colonists and natives stormed the storehouse (below), looting weapons. Abandoning the town for the western part of the island, they allied them selves with the Indians there. Columbus, returning from Spain in 1498 to find his domain split and his support dwindling, had no choice but to recognize the settlement of Roldan and his followers as legitimate.