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  Columbus meets Ferdinand and Isabella
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As early as 1486, Christopher Columbus approached the Reyes Catolicos, Ferdinand and Isabella, seeking sponsorship for his proposed western route to the Indies. They were hesitant. But to hedge their bets, they provided him with an allowance. The Crown ordered that all places under their domain must furnish Columbus with a place to stay and food at no cost. So, he was a representative of the Crown, or at least they were trying to prevent him from going and offering his services elsewhere, just in case.

Realistically, Columbus had come at a pretty tough time. First, Catholic Spain was gradually completing the Reconquista (re-conquering), either by treaty or by force replacing the established Moorish governments. Beyond that was the challenge of unifying Spain into a unitary state, where previously it had been a collection of autonomous areas under different rule.

In 1492, after the conquest of Granada, the Moors had finally been vanquished. Columbus was summoned to the Alcazar in Cordoba, where the Reyes Catolicos lived at the time. Poor Columbus, it sounds like they drove him nuts with their indecisiveness about the venture. Finally, his terms were accepted and the rest, as they say, is history....

Address: Caballerizas Reales, s/n
Directions: Gardens of the Alcazar of Cordoba
Phone: +34 957 42 01 51
Website: http://www.alcazardelosreyescristianos.cordoba.es

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  • Updated Jun 24, 2013
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