A Conquistador Society? The Spain Columbus Left
John Edwards finds the roots of Spanish actions in America in the crusade mentality that won back the Iberian peninsula for Christendom in the Middle Ages.
On the second day of January I saw Your Highnesses' royal banners placed by force of arms on the towers of the Alhambra... and in the same month... Your Highnesses, as Catholic Christians and princes devoted to the holy Christian faith and the furtherance of its cause, and enemies of the sect of Mohammed and of all idolatry and heresy, resolved to send me, Christopher Columbus, to the... regions of India.
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