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Christopher Columbus and the Franciscans

  • Francis Borgia Steck (a1)


No one who is entitled to speak with authority has ever questioned the well-known story that relates how in his hour of affliction, on landing at Palos, Christopher Columbus was befriended by the Franciscans of the friary of Santa María de la Rábida; how a Franciscan encouraged him to present his maritime project at the Spanish court; how, when all hope of royal support vanished, the Franciscan guardian of La Rábida intervened and thus made possible the voyage that resulted in the discovery of America. While this much of the story has always been accepted as properly established, students of American history have long been in disagreement and partly also in ignorance concerning certain details that bear importantly on the friendship that existed between the Genoese navigator and the sons of Saint Francis.



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Note: Only such writings, representing the result of serious research, are listed here as were either actually consulted by the author of the essay or were found to shed light on the topic treated or are of more recent date and for this reason perhaps not yet properly appreciated and utilized by students of American history.

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Alvarez Pedroso, ArmandoPlan Científico de Colón para el Descubrimiento y Evolución de Sus Ideas Geográficas” (Habana, 1942).
André, Marius, La Verídica Aventura de Cristóbal Colón (Madrid, 1927).
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Gandía, Enrique de, Historia de Cristóbal Colón. Análisis Critico de las Fuentes Documentales y de los Problemas Colombinos (Buenos Aires, 1942).
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Christopher Columbus and the Franciscans

  • Francis Borgia Steck (a1)


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