Columbus - COLUMBUS ASSIGNMENT Nicole Shin Chicano Studies...

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Nicole Shin Chicano Studies 141A Professor Canedo May 7, 2010 2. Why did the Portuguese crown reject Columbus’s proposal for a west-ward voyage to Asia? Why did the Spanish crown accept it? a. The Portuguese crown rejected Columbus’s proposal for his voyage to Asia because Columbus demanded “too great a share of the potential profits” (Symcox, 11). The panel of experts knew that Columbus underestimated the distance to China too. The Spanish first refused too because they were in a war to conquer Granada. After they conquered Granada, they granted permission for Columbus’ voyage; it gave Spain a chance to catch up to their maritime rival, Portugal. 3. To what extent were Columbus’s voyages and the Spanish colonization in the Americas that resulted from them the continuation of medieval commercial and colonizing practices in the Mediterranean and Iberia? a. Most of Columbus’s voyages resulted from his education of the medieval commercial and colonizing practices in the Mediterranean and Iberia. Columbus began by learning the seamanship craft when he went to sea as a merchant’s apprentice and then as a sailor of the Genoese ships in the Mediterranean (5). He also worked as an agent for Genoese merchants in Lisbon, which gained him “mercantile attitudes that guided him throughout his career” (Symcox, 6).
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4. To what extent were Columbus’s voyages motivated by this Christian faith, and to what extent did religious factors determine the Spanish crown’s support for them? What other motives – commerce, rivalry with other European powers – were involved? In what ways were the motives connected? a. “There can be no doubting his Catholic faith nor that he was very devout…in the habit of prefacing almost everything…with the words ‘in the name of the Holy Trinity I shall do this’” (Symcox, 47). Columbus offered alternate and shorter route to riches of the east more efficiently and surpass its Iberian rival in race for
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