Columbus and the New World: Discovery, Invasion, Encounter When Christopher Columbus set foot in the New World on his first voyage in 1492, the world would change forever. Columbus was a seminal explorer commissioned by Isabella and Ferdinand of Castile, Spain, to go out and locate the Indies. At the time, European exploration meant a wealth and trade opportunities for the merchant classes, as well as the recognition of exploration and domination by the reigning royalty. Little did Spain and Columbus know that the discovery of the so-called “New World” would facilitate the legendary Columbian exchange and change the interconnectivity of the world forever. This historical milestone is extremely multifaceted and its ramifications and roots...The end:
..... a work in progress; inevitably, the story will change with the passage of time (Sullivan & Symcox 37).” It is a living entity and needs to be considered, judged and studied from all angles and interpretations. Bibliography McAlister, Lyle N. Spain and Portugal in the New World, 1492-1700. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 1984. Sullivan, Blair & Symcox, Jeffery. Christopher Columbus and the Enterprise of the Indies: A Brief History with Documents. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2005. Triado , Dr. Thomas C. “Consequences of Discovery.” British History. BBC Home, 1 January 2002. Web. 5 October 2009. Watts, Moffit . “Science, Religion and Columbus’s Enterprise of the Indies.” OAH Magazine of History. 5.1 (1991): 14-17. Print.