Columbus's Letters



Christopher Columbus, Letter to Louis de Santangel, 1493

“But our Redeemer hath granted this victory to our illustrious King and Queen and their kingdoms, which have acquired great fame by an event of such high importance, in which all Christendom ought to rejoice, and which it ought to celebrate with great festivals and the offering of solemn thanks to the Holy Trinity with many solemn prayers, both for the great exaltation which may accrue to them in turning so many nations to our holy faith, and also for the temporal benefits which will bring great refreshment and gain.”

What is Columbus' reason for writing this letter?

What role did the spread of Christianity have in his motivation for discovery?

What does "temporal benefits" mean?