Give a summary of Columbus's letter "Ferdinand and Isabella regarding the fourth voyage"
why he wrote it?
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Much of his letter was basically Columbus complaining about the fact that he felt he was never given the proper credit for opening up South and Central America to the Spanish, particularly because of the massive amounts of wealth they would derive from the natural resources discovered there.
He also took a great deal of time describing his actual travels in this particular voyage, again spending time focusing on the bad fortune and bad equipment that left him stranded in Jamaica for nearly a year before transportation back to Spain arrived for him.
In some ways he was continuing to try and reform his reputation with the court in Spain after having suffered so much humiliation and even imprisonment. He recounts the suffering they went through and all the hard work and heroic efforts of him and his crew as they tried to explore the eastern edges of South America.
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