The voyages of Columbus were motivated by more than the spirit of adventure of a courageous sailor. In a letter Columbus wrote to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, Columbus describes a multi-faceted mission for the voyages that brought him to America. In this activity you will read the letter and one of the journal entries from Columbus's voyage. Through these documents, you can learn a great deal about Columbus's time, his worldview, and the motives for his voyages.
Destination Title: Internet History Sourcebooks Project: Travelers' Accounts
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Start at the Internet History Sourcebooks Project: Travelers' Accounts Web site.
- Scroll down to the list entitled "Early Modern European Travelers."
- Under "Christopher Columbus," click on and read Letter to King and Queen of Spain, taking notes as you go.
- Go back and click on Selections from Journal. Scroll down and read the entry for 11 October.
After you have read the material, answer the following questions.