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Christopher Columbus represented what country on his voyage? 

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mbelman | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 11, 2013 at 6:57 PM via web

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Christopher Columbus represented what country on his voyage? 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 11, 2013 at 7:12 PM (Answer #1)

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The answer that you are most likely supposed to give for this question is that Christopher Columbus represented Spain on the voyage in which he “discovered” the New World.  Historians might disagree with this answer as it is not completely clear that Spain truly existed as a country at that point.  The area that is now Spain had been divided into different kingdoms at least until Ferdinand and Isabella married, and many scholars feel that Castile (the kingdom over which Isabella reigned) and Aragon (Ferdinand’s kingdom) were essentially separate kingdoms even after the time when Columbus sailed.

At any rate, most people would say that Columbus sailed for Spain.  He was Italian by birth, but the Spanish monarchs were the first sponsors he could find to fund his voyage.

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