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This Day In History, April 17th, 2022 – “Capitulations of Santa Fe”


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It was just 530 years ago today, April 17, 1492, when King Ferdinand II of Aragon, his wife Queen Isabella I of Castille, and Christopher Columbus made a bargain to discover the New World. On the outskirts of the recently liberated city of Granada in Southern Spain, which had been held by the conquering Moors for hundreds of years, the Monarchy, now free to pursue other avenues other than the Reconquista, were now granting this Genoa sailor a lot of power and rights. Columbus, quite a bold and daring man, was not going to risk his neck for a few pennies, and was very demanding of his benefactors.

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Christopher Columbus.
Painting by Sebastiano del Piombo (1519). Image courtesy of Wikicommons, Public Domain.

The Capitulations stated that Columbus will be named Admiral of the Ocean Seas. Not only that, but given the title of Don, a Spanish man of Nobility. He would also be a viceroy and Governor General over the new lands. To make the deal even more appealing, he’d get ten percent of all the profits, not bad in those days. And so, now Cristóbal Colón set about getting ready to sail, and it all began with a little bargain, 530 years ago, today.

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