In the 15th
century Christopher Columbus, who was well-read in geographical and theological
literature and had extensive maritime experience, believed he could steer a
westward course across the Atlantic to Asia. Failing to gain support for his
project in Portugal, he decided to move to Spain, where politically favourable
circumstances and good fortune led the Catholic monarchs, Isabella of Castile
and Ferdinand of Aragon, to approve the venture.
forth commanding three small ships, and after a long drawn-out journey landed
on the coast of a Caribbean island. Thus commenced the Spanish conquest of
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