The Voyage of Christopher Columbus

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American History I 07/08/05 Christopher Columbus' Voyage to North America Spanish exploration first began with a series of revolutions. First, the Commercial Revolution generated economic stability. Second, the Intellectual Revolution generated interest in the Earth's composition and the pursuit of exploration. Europe then called for a political revolution to end the disorganized and disorderly rule of its government. This revolution returned order and stability to the government and renewed interest in exploration to search for national wealth. The last of these revolutions was the religious revolution (note Columbus' voyage occurred before this revolution). As more people broke away from the national religion they searched for a place…show more content…
Afterwards, Columbus then went to Lisbon, Spain a year later where he would propose the voyage to King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile. When Columbus made a friend in Father Perez, it was a turning point for him. He was able to gain support from converts who believed in his cause. Ferdinand and Isabella were harder to convince, however. They found little interest in Columbus' curiosity as they were preoccupied with defending themselves against the Moors. Later in 1491, Columbus again appears before Ferdinand and Isabella "who apparently liked and respected the determined seaman" (38) 1. Although they had admiration for Columbus, his plans for voyage were again rejected, partially because of his request to titles and riches. It seems that Columbus gave but scant and unsatisfactory information to the commission, probably through fear that his ideas might be improperly made use of and he be robbed of the glory and advantages that he expected to derive from his project (2) 2. But Columbus was not yet discouraged, for "he was a gentleman of great force and spirit…naturally inclined to undertake worthy deeds and signal enterprises…" (21) 3. 1492 was a successful year for the Spanish. On January 2, Grenada surrendered which freed Spain of the foreign power that occupied the city for seven centuries (35) 1. When Columbus was asked to march in the parade at Grenada he took it as an opportunity to propose his voyage for a third time and
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