1492: Conquest of Paradise: Columbus' Proposal
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Columbus discusses with Spanish royalty his proposal to reach Asia by sailing west across the Atlantic Ocean. Columbus estimates his voyage to be 7 weeks long, but the reviewers of his proposal disagree and believe it will take one year. Columbus states that the goals of his voyage are to open a trade route with Asia for economic benefit and to expand the influence of the monarchs, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castille.

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  1. Why is Columbus asked if he is familiar with the work of Aristotle, Eratosthenes, and Ptolemy?
  2. Why does Columbus believe the ocean can be crossed?
  3. What does Columbus set out to prove?

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