3. Christopher Columbus Letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella

3. Christopher Columbus Letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella

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Christopher Columbus Letter Christopher Columbus explored the New World from 1492 to 1503. What follows is the text of one of his correspondences to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. (Glossary: alcalde = mayor.) Most High and Mighty Sovereigns, In obedience to your Highnesses' commands, and with submission to superior judgment, I will say whatever occurs to me in reference to the colonization and commerce of the Island of Espanola, and of the other islands, both those already discovered and those that may be discovered hereafter. In the first place, as regards the Island of Espanola: Inasmuch as the number of colonists who desire to go thither amounts to two thousand, owing to the land being safer and better for farming and trading, and because it will serve as a place to which they can return and from which they can carry on trade with the neighboring islands: 1. That in the said island there shall be founded three or four towns, situated in the most convenient places, and that the settlers who are there be assigned to the aforesaid places and towns. 2. That for the better and more speedy colonization of the said island, no one shall have liberty to collect gold in it except those who have taken out colonists' papers, and have built houses for their abode, in the town in which they are, that they may live united and in greater safety. 3. That each town shall have its alcalde and its notary public, as is the use and custom in Castile. 4. That there shall he a church, and parish priests or friars to administer the sacraments, to perform divine worship, and for the conversion of the Indians. 5.
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course HIST 105 taught by Professor Michaelg.smith during the Fall '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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3. Christopher Columbus Letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella

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