COLUMBIAN WORLDS FAIR SPOONS
Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain were finally persuaded
by Christopher Columbus to provide financing for his
voyage west to India and China. As we all know, instead he found
a new huge land mass between Europe and Asia.
Columbus' negotiations with the Spanish monarchs were quite difficult
and several times they turned down his request
for funding and ships. It was only after he started to leave Spain for
France that Isabella and Ferdinand
sent a messenger to ask him to return to Cordoba. Isabella, the
"Servant of God" according to the Catholic Church
is reputed to have sold off some of her personal jewels to finance
Sterling spoons from the Chicago Worlds Fair themed for Queen Isabella
Columbus returning to the Queen to announce his discovery
Rare Spanish language spoon from the Columbian Worlds Fair
Columbus stayed at this monastery in the town of Palos de la Frontera
for two years until he gained an audience with the King and Queen.
Francisco Jimenez de Cisneros was the confessor for Isabella and
he interceded on Columbus' behalf.
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