Why did the king and queen of Spain agree to Columbus voyage?


Updated: 2nd October 2019

There were several reasons why King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella supported the voyage of Columbus. There was a belief that a shorter route to Asia existed. Spain had a strong interest in trading with Asia. The King and Queen of Spain sponsored Columbus because they believed Spain would benefit from his voyages.

Subsequently, one may also ask, who was King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella?

Ferdinand II, byname Ferdinand the Catholic, Spanish Fernando el Católico, (born March 10, 1452, Sos, Aragon—died Jan. 23, 1516, Madrigalejo, Spain), king of Aragon and king of Castile (as Ferdinand V) from 1479, joint sovereign with Queen Isabella I. (As Spanish ruler of southern Italy, he was also known as Ferdinand

What country did King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella rule?

Columbus' discovery set the country on the course for the first modern world power. During the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella, Spain pursued alliances through marriage with Portugal, Habsburg Austria, and Burgundy.

Who was the Queen of Spain who helped Christopher Columbus?

When Columbus arrived back in Spain on March 15, 1493, he immediately wrote a letter announcing his discoveries to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, who had helped finance his trip.
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