The cauldron rice is a typical main course in Cartagena (south-east of Spain). The city did have the main port of the Mediterranean sea at the Roman times. Near to the city we find the Mar Menor (or little sea), where the local citizens also have had sailor tradition since over 4000 years ago.
Every October 12, people from the area go to the beach to celebrate Columbus day, as traditionally local fishers did.
The cauldron rice was cooked by fishers using rockfish and little fishes. The intense flavor & the long tradition made this course as a gourmet main course in the south of Spain. For this reason some years ago the citizens next to the Mar Menor decided to commemorate their traditional cauldron rice from sailors. Most likely also Columbus enjoyed cauldron rice while visiting the important port of Cartagena in 1492.