The Letter of Columbus to Luis De Sant Angel Announcing His Discovery As I know you will be rejoiced at the glorious success that our Lord has given me in my voyage, I write this to tell you how in thirty-three days I sailed to the Indies with the fleet that the illustrious King and Queen, our Sovereigns, gave me, where I discovered a great many islands, inhabited by numberless people; and of all I have taken possession for their Highnesses by proclamation and display of the Royal Standard without opposition. To the first island I discovered I gave the name of San Salvador, in commemoration of His Divine Majesty, who has wonderfully granted all this. The Indians call it Guanaham. When I came to Juana, I followed the coast of that isle toward the west, and found it so extensive that I thought it might be the mainland, the province of Cathay; and as I found no towns nor villages on the sea-coast, except a few small settlements, where it was impossible to speak to the people, because they fled at once, I continued the said route, thinking I could not fail to see some great cities or towns; and finding at the end of many leagues that nothing new appeared, and that the coast led northward, contrary to my wish, because the winter had already set in, I decided to make for the south, and as the wind also was against my proceeding, I determined not to wait there longer, and turned back to a certain harbor whence I sent two men to find out whether there was any king or large city. They explored for three days, and found countless small communities and people, without number, but with no kind of government, so they returned.
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They often carry a hollow canewhich they use to both till and fight. The date February 18 and the identification of the Azores island of Santa Maria rather than the Canaries are anomalies not normally found in other editions of the Letter to Santangel. In other words, that the Santangel and Sanchez letters, although practically identical, are nonetheless distinct.
A corrected Roman edition was printed by two different publishers in late —one by Stephen Plannck again, the other by Frank Silber known as Argenteus. Posted by Iz at 1: They explored for three days, and found countless small communities and people, without number, but with no kind of government, so they returned.
The eternal and almighty God, our Lord, it is Who gives to all who walk in His way, victory over things apparently impossible, and in this case signally so, because although these lands had been imagined and talked of before they were seen, most men listened incredulously to what was thought to be but an idle tale.
Description Carta Colon manuscrito Simancas. Catalogue Persistent Identifier https: I can therefore assert that this island is larger than England and Scotland together, since beyond these one hundred and seven leagues there remained at the west point two provinces where I did not go, one of which they call Avan, the home of men with tails. Views Read Edit View history. Many other things of value will santange discovered by the men I left behind me, as I stayed nowhere when the wind allowed me to pursue my voyage, except in the City of Navidad, which I left fortified and safe.
A Latin translation of the letter addressed to Gabriel Sanchez was printed in Rome about a month later. I heard from other Indians I had already taken that this land was an island, and thus followed the eastern coast for one hundred and seven leagues, until I came to the end of it.
He begins his description at the Canary Islands. The Barcelona edition is replete with small errors e. Christopher Columbusa Genoese captain in the service of the Lhis of Castileset out on his first voyage in August with the objective of reaching the East Indies by sailing west across the Atlantic Ocean. Columbus, of course, was in the middle of preparing for his second journey. Cite this Email this Add to favourites Print this page. Pages Home Purpose Statement Suggestions.
In the letter, Columbus urges the Catholic monarchs to sponsor a second, larger expedition to the Indies, promising to bring back immense riches. In Hispaniola, in the most convenient place, most accessible for the gold mines and all commerce with the mainland on this side or with that of the great Khan, on the other, with which there would be great trade and profit, I have taken possession of a large town, which I have named the City of Navidad.
File:Carta Colon manuscrito Simancas. JPG He also urges them to give thanks in advance for all the temporal goods found in abundance in the Indies that shall soon be made available to Castile and the rest of Christendom.
Postscript within the letter Since writing the above, being in the Sea of Castile, so much wind arose south southeast, that I was forced to lighten the vessels, to run into cagta port of Lisbon to-day which was the most extraordinary thing in the world, from whence I resolved to write to their Highnesses. Related Posts.
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