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Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus - Reconquista • Influenced by Marco...

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Christopher Columbus October 12, 1492 Searching for East Indies Found “America” Wanted to recruit natives diplomatically/conversion Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria From Genoa, Italy Trip financed by Spain Wanted to spread Catholicism Wanted gold and slaves Wanted to find a trade route to India/China Found mainland S. America in 1498 Read Ptolemy’s geography-idea that world was round Contemplated discovery of Antipodes Millenialism-1,000 years
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Unformatted text preview: Reconquista • Influenced by Marco Polo • Spain wanted western route to avoid Portugal and Ottoman Empire • 4/5 of original population of Hispanola died after Columbus arrived Letter from Columbus • Uses own country to understand new land • Women work more than men • Natives taught him a lot • Makes himself sound heroic • No monstrocities • Forbode indiscriminant trade (gain trust)...
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