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Christopher Columbus in Barcelona

Before arriving Christopher Columbus in Spain he was already thoroughly preparing how to expose his supposed successes in his journey of discovery of the new routes to Indias. To this end, he began by writing letters to his main sponsors: the Catholic Kings, to the notary public, the scribe Luis

Funding of the Columbian project

Cristopher Columbus had to seek funding for his project, but he was not only seeking financial resources, also the support of some political power that would give him legitimacy, exclusivity and power to execute his plans. Hence, he turned to the most important European kings of the time to ask

Christopher Columbus’ project

The Cristobal Columbus was none other than to find a new route that reached the coasts of the Asian continent by sailing westwards, that is, crossing the Atlantic Ocean, in those times better known as the Oceans Sea or the Dark Sea. Fall of Constantinople The reason for the search for these

Rebellion of Roldán (and III)

As I mentioned in the previous entry, Roldán's followers waited in the Xaragua for the caravels promised by the admiral to return to Castile, but they did not arrive until April 1499. This delay was due to a series of storms that they encountered on their way from Santo Domingo,

Rebellion of Roldán (II)

The two caravels led by Captain Pedro Hernández Coronel arrived in Santo Domingo on February 3th, 1498. They brought something that all Spaniards needed since a long time ago: news from Castile. And these supposed the strengthening of the authority of the Bartholomew Columbus with confirmation of his title and

Rebellion of Francisco de Roldán (I)

To the rebellions of Bernal Diaz de Pisa and de Pedro de Margarit we have to add a new one, and only in five years of Columbus rule. This time he was a trusted person of Cristopher Columbus, Don Francisco de Roldán, native of Torredonjimeno (Jaén-Spain). He worked in his

Treaty of Tordesillas, the distribution of the world

While Christopher Columbus was sailing in search of the firm land in Castile, one of the most important events in American history took place: the signing of the Treaty of Tordesillas. Need to delimit the areas of influence The Catholic Monarchs immediately needed to give juridical soundness to the discovery that was

Third voyage of Columbus and discovery of the american continent

Columbus wanted to return quickly from Spain. He was also concerned about the general shortage of supplies on the island, which could lead to further rebellions and uprisings. To avoid these problems, he was able to overtake two ships in January 1498 under the command of Pedro Hernández Coronel that

In Search of the continent

We find ourselves to April 24th, 1494, the situation in La Hispaniola islad is calm, Columbus and his people have advanced by its interior and discovered indications of the existence of gold in abundance. The settlement of the Isabela is developing and the great initial problems are more or less

La Isabela, first city of the New World

The second voyage of Columbus to the New World was terribly disappointed to find the Fuerte Navidad destroyed and his men killed by the natives. Columbus thought that when they arrived they would find much of the work already done: establishing economic and personal relations with the natives, searching for

Disaster at Fuerte Navidad

On the night of November 27th, the Castilian ships anchored in front of the place where they had built the fort almost a year earlier in the Hispaniola island. The darkness made it impossible to see if there were any dangerous elements in the water, so they decided to wait

Discovering a new world

After the first contact with the land and with some natives, the ships began a journey through all the small islands that were found. They did not believe what they saw, that must have been the closest thing to the paraíso: blue waters, white beaches and lush vegetation. They sailed

The Discovery of America – Columbus’s First Journey

The Discovery of America took place on October 12th,1492 during the first Christopher Columbus trip to American lands. Although the real intention of this trip was to find a sea route to Asia and have direct access to its markets eventually became one of the greatest feats of world history.

The Capitulations of Santa Fe

April 17th,1492 the capitulations of Santa Fe are so called because they were signed in the Granada town of Santa Fe, Christian headquarters during the siege of the Catholic Kings against the last vestige of Muslim power in the Peninsula. The capitulations were a contract signed between the monarchs and individuals