He used this letter to publicize his successful voyage with the advanced publishing technology that was available at the time; it became a sort of best-seller throughout Europe, and because of this Eriksson Leif never got his due credit for discovering the Americas. It holds accounts of the different types of people (Natives) he encountered including at the arrival of the Canary Islands. People have a misunderstanding of Christopher Columbus and make him out to be a saint.
Surprisingly enough, the Columbus we are taught by with the child-like books of High School, students are deceived. Christopher Columbus was a “radical” he believed to be bestowed with the power of God, the queen, and the king of Spain. Next, in the year 1495 (Circa) Christopher Columbus sent a Letter to the King and Queen of Spain (Ferdinand and Isabel). Christopher Columbus creates a list of proposals of how Spain can come about in the future. In the article, one of his first propositions was for the areas he came across (Canary Islands) be thoroughly colonized.
These were called the island of Espanola, and claims to have seen people in the thousands (later tries to convert them). These islands were massively rich in new consumables such as food used for trade and farming. Extending on colonization plans, this included three to four towns “situated” in convenient places. Columbus’ stressed the existence of gold in the island and how it should be attained and handled. Although, one of the many reasons for the Spanish to be traveling was the search for goods including gold, but truthfully wasn’t the ultimate.
It is outstanding how gold is such loved item (metal, in this case) to the Spanish. He also states that each town should have its own currency by smelting and stamping. If a piece of gold is seized without a stamp, then a portion shall be taken and given to the queen and king of Spain. Furthermore, Columbus wanted to set for the routes to transport the gold, and how he wants it transported. He also clearly states the rules on who should be able to open the chest with two keys. Only someone appointed by the treasurer and governor would have access to. Reverting back to trading he allowed trade with the neighboring islands.
Columbus looked to be sure that the Canary Island folk (Native) will trade with the Europeans gladly and easily. I find this hilarious, Columbus wrote: “parish priests or friars to administer the sacraments, to perform divine worship, and for the conversion of the Indians. ” (pg. 14) To his backfired calculation, Columbus did not foresee, or imagine an uprising by the natives if conversion was given a shot; he thought he could easily convert them, and being bestowed with the oh-so-mighty power of Christ himself, and of the queen and king of Spain he could so.
Of course in the end, he did try to convert them, but the fact of the matter is instead of using the word converted; enslaved seems befitting. So, if they did not convert he enslaved them, and when they did submit he still enslaved them. In conclusion, it is clear that Columbus believed that a permanent settlement could be built in this island. Thus, according to Columbus’ report, these lands were safe and fertile. Columbus’ proposed town-plans reflect the fact that he saw these new territories not only as “colonies of explorations” but as future settlements.
Subsequently, he wanted to mold these new territories as close as possible to the towns and villages of the Iberian Peninsula. In the letter, Columbus made clear that the future colonists would include not only soldiers and priests, who were needed for conquest and conversion, but also farmers, who could grow the crops that would maintain the colony. Obviously, in the eyes of Columbus, this was a “new Spain.