The eruption of La Soufrière in 1902 was a major factor in the high death toll of the Mount Pelée eruption.
When the news of the eruption came to Saint-Pierre, many people were reassured that nothing was going to happen, since the volcanic tension of Mount Pelée was relieved elsewhere (St. Vincent), and decided to stay in/move to the city.
Unfortunately, that wasn't the case: just hours after La Soufrière erupted, Mount Pelée did too... and within seconds, the city of Saint-Pierre (in the words of Theodore Roosevelt) "ceased to exist".
Columbus did not discover anything.
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