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Luis de Santangel, (d. 1498)(or Luis de Santander) a baptized Jew and finance minister to Ferdinand II who made the case to Isabella I in favor of Christopher Columbus' voyage in 1492. 1498 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ferdinand II of Aragon. ... Isabella of Castile Isabella I (April 22, 1451 – November 26, 1504) was Queen regnant of Castile and Leon. ... Christopher Columbus (1451 – May 20, 1506) was a navigator and maritime explorer credited as the discoverer of the Americas. ... Not to be confused with 1492: Conquest of Paradise. ...

Luis de Santangel


Columbus's voyage


In 1486, Ferdinand and Isabella had been presented with Columbus’s plan and after consultation with advisers, they rejected it. In order to keep Columbus from taking his idea to another monarch, Ferdinand and Isabella presented him with an annuity of 12,000 maravedis (about $840) and in 1489 provided him with documentation which he could use to obtain food and lodging in any Spanish municipalities. Events Tízoc, Aztec ruler of Tenochtitlan dies. ... Events March 14 - The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice. ...

When Columbus had grown weary of the treatment he was receiving from the leaders of Spain, he had begun to make arrangements to travel to the court of Charles VIII of France in January 1492. It was at this point that Luis de Santangel intervened on behalf of Columbus to persuade Isabella and convinced her that the prospect of converting Asia to Christianity made the voyage worth the risk. Charles VIII the Affable (French: Charles VIII lAffable) (June 30, 1470 – April 7, 1498) was King of France from 1483 to his death. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Not to be confused with 1492: Conquest of Paradise. ... Christianity percentage by country, purple is highest, orange is lowest Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch...

Santangel had arranged for the majority of the financing for the voyage contributing much of the money from his own pocket and additional money that he had borrowed. He did this in order to keep the Queen from having to pawn the crown jewels.

Columbus’s first letter

The first letter that Columbus sent covering the narrative of his voyage was sent to Luis de Santangel.

Spanish Inquisition

Santangel’s family was persecuted during the Spanish Inquisition. His older cousin, and namesake, was beheaded during the inquisition. Because of his service to Spain, on 30 May 1497, Ferdinand proclaimed in a royal decree that Luis de Santangel and his family, present and future, were to be protected from the inquisition. Saint Dominic (1170 – August 6, 1221) Presiding over an Auto-da-fe, by Pedro Berruguete, (1450 - 1504). ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1497 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


  • Amler, Jane Frances. (1991). Christopher Columbus’s Jewish Roots. London: Jason Aronson, Inc.
  • Durant, Will. (1957). The Reformation: A History of European Civilization from Wyclif to Calvin: 1300-1564. New York: Simon and Schuster.
  • Kayserling, Meyer. (1894). Christopher Columbus and the Participation of the Jews in the Spanish and Portuguese Discoveries. New York: Harmon Press.
  • Morison, Samuel Eliot. (1955). Christopher Columbus, Mariner. London: Faber and Faber Ltd.

RAdm Samuel Eliot Morison (1887-1976), USN historian Samuel Eliot Morison, RAdm, USNR (July 9, 1887 – May 15, 1976) was an American historian, notable for producing scholarly works that were both authoritative and highly readable, an ability recognized with two Pulitzer Prizes. ...

External links

  • Columbus’ First Letter (pdf)
  • Jewish-American Hall of Fame



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