Privileges and Prerogatives Granted by Their Catholic Majesties toChristopher Columbus 1492

Privileges and Prerogatives Granted by Their Catholic Majesties toChristopher Columbus 1492

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Privileges and Prerogatives Granted by Their Catholic Majesties to Christopher Columbus : 1492 The meaning of Columbus’s 1492 voyage is highly contested. On the one hand, it is witness to the tremendous vitality of late Medieval and Early Modern Europe. On the other hand, the direct result of this and later voyages was the virtual extermination, by ill treatment and disease, of the vast majority of the native inhabitants and the enormous growth of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It might not be fair to blame Columbus for all of the destructive policies that followed his voyages, but because all sides treat him as a symbol, the issue cannot be avoided. FERDINAND and ELIZABETH, by the Grace of God, King and Queen of Castile, of Leon, of Arragon, of Sicily, of Granada, of Toledo, of Valencia, of Galicia, of Majorca, of Minorca, of Sevil, of Sardinia, of Jaen, of Algarve, of Algezira, of Gibraltar, of the Canary Islands, Count and Countess of Barcelona, Lord and Lady of Biscay and Molina, Duke and Duchess of Athens and Neopatria. Count and Countess of Rousillion For as much of you, Christopher Columbus, are going by our command, with some of our vessels and men, to discover and subdue some Islands and Continent in the ocean, and it is hoped that by God's assistance, some of the said Islands and Continent in the ocean will be discovered and conquered by your means and conduct, therefore it is but just and reasonable, that since you expose yourself to such danger to serve us, you should be rewarded for it. And we being willing to honour and favour You for the reasons aforesaid: Our will
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course MATH 201 taught by Professor Doolittle during the Spring '11 term at Hawaii.

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Privileges and Prerogatives Granted by Their Catholic Majesties toChristopher Columbus 1492

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