Friday, September 23, 2011

How Columbus got his financing

From Jacques Barzun's From Dawn to Decadence:

"The Spanish queen Isabella is rightly credited with sponsoring him [Columbus], but not till she had turned him down several times like all the others...Finally, the queen's private treasurer pointed out that this sailor's request amounted to less than the cost of entertaining a royal visitor and he urged her to give the money."

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