Colón аnte los Reyes Católicos

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Colón ante los Reyes Católicos

Еscultor: Pablo Yusti

Many books state that Queen Isabella and King Ferndinand (Isabel and Fernando, los Reyes Católicos) gave Christopher Columbus his commission while they were residing in Cordoba. The court was officially based in Cordoba then. The monarchs moved around, however, making it easy for modern day tourist authorities and travel writers to mess up their claim stakes along Columbus' path to glory. Nevertheless, Cordoba was undoubtedly an important way point in Columbus' long campaign to gain fame, fortune and aristocratic status by gaining royal backing and establishing a direct trade route with India (a project which failed, but led to the discovery of America). What we can say is that he was attracted to Cordoba by two women: Isabel, Queen of Castile, and Beatriz Enriquez de Harana, a weaver of humble origin.

Of Columbus' first audience in 1485 with the Catholic Monarchs there is no written record. In March, Isabel had moved the court from Seville to Cordoba, where she could better direct the military campaign against the Moorish kingdom of Granada. We know that the preliminary commission designated to check his calculations was not convinced, but Isabel and Ferdinand must have found the project tempting. A new direct trade route with the East might compensate their losses of tribute from the Moors of Granada and their recent exclusion by treaty from West Africa.

By 1487, Christopher Columbus was living in Cordoba, perhaps because of his romantic liaison with Beatriz Enriquez de Harana, the soon-to-be mother of his son Hernando, and perhaps because of a need to be closer to the court. It was in that year, in Cordoba, that he received his first modest grant of 3,000 marevedies to assist with his living expenses and travel. But his was a project on the back burner, and at a slow simmer.

In August 1488, Columbus may have been back in Cordoba for the birth of Hernando. He received an invitation to the court of João II of Portugal and another subsidy from Ferdinand and Isabella, who were holding court in Valencia at the time. Isabella did not want the heavy expense of a doomed expedition, but neither did she want the entrepreneur to take his project to someone else.

After years of waiting, and with the help of a former official of Isabel and monk from La Rábida monastery, he was able to gain another hearing in 1491 with Isabel's royal commission in Santa Fe, outside the besieged Granada. They considered his project once more, and once more it was rejected. Columbus set out again for Cordoba, from whence he planned to travel north to make an appeal to the king of France.

Luckily for Columbus (and for the Spanish monarchs), the shrewd King Ferdinand intervened, causing a last-minute about-face which sent messengers scrambling after Columbus to bring him back to court. They didn't think Columbus would come back alive from his expedition, but they certainly didn't want to lose out on the benefits if he did. Perhaps their lack of faith in the voyage was why they granted him 10% of the profits, noble status and hereditary governorship of the new territories to him and his descendants if he succeeded.

April 17, 1492 Ferdinand and Isabel signed the formal agreement with Columbus, who left Granada in May. On his way to the Huelva coast, where he would outfit his expedition, he passed through Cordoba to see Beatriz and his son Hernando, then 5. No doubt he wondered if it would be the last time he saw them. Three months later, on August 3, his expedition set out from Palos on the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria and sailed into the unknown.

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Comments (65)

Sassa Rancic on December 17, 2010


i ova je jako lepa!


Takimirimo on December 17, 2010

Beautiful photo! L.

Lucien Kivit on December 17, 2010

Very nice shot, LIKE 14 greetings Lucien

ТАЈГА on December 18, 2010

Да, хвала Гаго, мада мислим да споменик ипак није више био такав сад кад сам била ја, те да су га мало средили.

Thanks Scott

Драго ми је да ти се свиђа Сашице, хвала на посети, лепом коментару и наравно … за аутошколу

Thanks a lot Takimirimio

I'm glad you like this shot, thanks Lucien

Søren Terp on December 18, 2010

Beautiful monument, good!

ТАЈГА on December 18, 2010

Thanks Terp

dziwnowik on December 18, 2010


♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ✰ YS ✰ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ✰ LIKE 16 ✰ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

✰✰✰✰✰ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Merry Christmas ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ✰✰✰✰✰

МариЯ on December 18, 2010

lepa slika! zanimljiva prica! interesantno drvece!

Dr.Azzouqa on December 18, 2010

Beautiful statue.

Excellent shot.


Best wishes from Jordan.


Alireza Javaheri on December 19, 2010

Beautiful Photo ...

* L I K E *

* سال نو مبارک *

* Merry Christmas & Happy New Year *

Greetings from Iran


ТАЈГА on December 19, 2010

♥ ♥ ♥ ✰ Thank you Peter ✰ ♥ ♥ ♥

✰✰✰ ♥ Merry Christmas ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ✰✰✰

I'm glad you like this composition, thanks Mial

Башта је стварно мало необична, маказе су право чудо.

Спасибо МариЯ

It's an honor, thanks Mustafa, best wishes for Jordan

I'm very impressed with your visit , comment, and because you like this photo , thanks a lot A-J, best wishes for Iran.

Nikolić Zoran on December 20, 2010

Impresivan snimak.


Pozdrav, Zoran.

Changhong Chen on December 20, 2010

Nice shot! Like!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

H. Lotfi-Azad on December 22, 2010

Wonderful monument, best capture ,,,

LIKe 21

Константин Сушко on December 24, 2010

Мне очень нравяться такие композиции! Л!

Natalia Stoyakina on December 25, 2010

WoW!!!! Masterpiece! ¤-¤-¤ L I K E №24 ¤-¤-¤
Cordial greetings from RUSSIA! ¤-¤-¤ N A T A L I A ¤-¤-¤

sathish nettoor on December 29, 2010


Aca Srbin on December 31, 2010

L25 Zanimljiva i odlicna fotka. Srecan Nova godina! :)

Svetlana Peric on January 1, 2011

Srecna Nova Godina i tebi, S. Vidim veliki napredak u fotografiji... bravo! Odavno nisam svracala, ali te nisam zaboravila... Kafu jos uvek dugujem, pa gde god se sretnemo ;)

Pan Kartsonakis on January 2, 2011

Very nice and interesting photo!!! ..……..Thanks for sharing……....I LIKE IT 26.....……...……..………….Greetings from HELLAS(GREECE)

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Photo taken in San Basilio, Córdoba, Córdoba, Spain

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  • Uploaded on December 13, 2010
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    by ТАЈГА
    • Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
    • Taken on 2010/11/01 13:06:38
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 38.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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