By D. H. Figueredo, Frank Argote-Freyre

ISBN-10: 0816070210

ISBN-13: 9780816070213

ISBN-10: 1438108311

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He also began to consider the notion of reaching India and Japan by sailing west. In this he was probably influenced by the theories of Italian geographer and mathematician Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli (1397–1482), with whom Columbus correLikeness of Christopher Columbus, though no sponded, according to historian one knows precisely what he looked like 12 TWO WORLDS IN COLLISION: THE SPANISH CONQUEST Queen Isabella and her husband, King Ferdinand, turned their attention to Columbus after their victory over the Muslims in Granada.

In October 1492, the admiral climbed onto a boat, and his officers rowed ashore. Carrying a royal standard, Columbus dropped to his knees when he reached the shore. After thanking God, he proclaimed the island for the Spanish monarchs and then gave the island a name. Cuba became Juana, Quisqueya became Hispaniola, Borinquén became San Juan Bautista, and so on. This ritual of possession was repeated on each new island Columbus approached, and it was always conducted without the participation of the inhabitants.

Initially, homebound trips were made by solitary Spanish merchant ships. After 1523, when French pirates seized a vessel loaded with gold, Spain revised its sailing policies and developed a convoy system, known as the flota, to deliver goods to the Caribbean and transport New World treasures to Spain. In the spring, one convoy of about 30 vessels sailed for Mexico guarded by Spanish ships known as galeones, or galleons, which could both transport goods and serve as warring vessels. In the summer a second fleet sailed for Panama.

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