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It was an act that reaffirmed and energized hatred of the Spanish Empire. Enter the Pirates Another consequence of the wealth of the Caribbean and Spain’s monopoly on the region was an upsurge in piracy, as roving sea robbers sought to help themselves to some of the wealth being shipped from the Americas to Spain. ” From this era emerged the romantic notions of pirates seen in the novels of Rafael Sabatini (1875–1950), Emilio Salgari (1862–1911), and Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94) and later depicted in the films of Errol Flynn (1909–59) and, more recently, Johnny Depp (1963– ).

The king and queen were dealing with the more pressing matter of finishing the reconquista, the reconquest, of Spain and were on the verge of driving the Moors from the Iberian Peninsula. Finally, in January 1492, the king and queen succeeded in taking back control of Spain from the Muslim rulers. Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand were now ready to consider imperial growth beyond the peninsula. Meeting with Columbus and responding to his promise of gold from India and Japan and untold numbers of new converts to the Catholic faith, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand provided the sailor with three caravels for the first voyage.

He also began to consider the notion of reaching India and Japan by sailing west. In this he was probably influenced by the theories of Italian geographer and mathematician Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli (1397–1482), with whom Columbus correLikeness of Christopher Columbus, though no sponded, according to historian one knows precisely what he looked like 12 TWO WORLDS IN COLLISION: THE SPANISH CONQUEST Queen Isabella and her husband, King Ferdinand, turned their attention to Columbus after their victory over the Muslims in Granada.

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