Christopher Columbus

1451 - 1506

A Quote by Christopher Columbus on age, body, and brothers

I came to serve you at the age of 28 and now I have not a hair on me that is not white, and my body is infirm and exhausted. All that was left to me and my brothers has been taken away and sold, even to the cloak that I wore, without hearing or trial, to my great dishonor.

Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506)

Source: Lettera Rarissima to the Sovereigns, July 7, 1503 (Fourth Voyage)

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A Quote by Christopher Columbus on beginning, business, catholicism, christianity, glory, good, nations, and religion

And I say that Your Highnesses ought not to consent that any foreigner does business or sets foot here, except Christian Catholics since this was the end and the beginning of the enterprise, that it should be for the enhancement and glory of the Christian religion, nor should anyone who is not a good Christian come to these parts. Here may be found the first suggestion of the exclusive colonial policy that Spain and other nations followed.

Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506)

Source: Journal of the First Voyage, November 27, 1492

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A Quote by Christopher Columbus

At two hours after midnight appeared the land, at a distance of 2 leagues. They handed all sails and set the treo, which is the mainsail without bonnets, and lay-to waiting for daylight Friday, when they arrived at an island of the Bahamas that was called in the Indians' tongue Guanahani [San Salvador].

Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506)

Source: Journal of the First Voyage, October 12, 1492

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A Quote by Christopher Columbus on complaints, good, hope, and people

Here the people could stand it no longer and complained of the long voyage; but the Admiral cheered them as best he could, holding out good hope of the advantages they would have. He added that it was useless to complain, he had come [to go] to the Indies, and so had to continue it until he found them, with the help of Our Lord.

Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506)

Source: Journal of the First Voyage, October 10, 1492

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A Quote by Christopher Columbus on christianity, glory, hope, miracles, observation, time, understanding, and writing

"Of this voyage, I observe," says the Admiral, "that it has miraculously been shown, as may be understood by this writing, by the many signal miracles that He has shown on the voyage, and for me, who for so great a time was in the court of Your Highnesses with the opposition and against the opinion of so many high personages of your household, who were all against me, alleging this undertaking to be folly, which I hope in Our Lord will be to the greater glory of Christianity, which to some slight extent already has happened."

Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506)

Source: Journal of the First Voyage, March 15, 1493

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A Quote by Christopher Columbus on christianity and contentment

The Admiral ordered the lord to be given some things, and he and all his folk rested in great contentment, believing truly that they had come from the sky, and to see the Christians they held themselves very fortunate.

Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506)

Source: Journal of the First Voyage, December 22, 1492

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A Quote by Christopher Columbus on birds and kindness

The Admiral says that he never beheld so fair a thing: trees all along the river, beautiful and green, and different from ours, with flowers and fruits each according to their kind, many birds and little birds which sing very sweetly.

Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506)

Source: Journal of the First Voyage, October 28, 1492

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A Quote by Christopher Columbus on profit

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When there are such lands there should be profitable things without number.

Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506)

Source: Journal of the First Voyage, November 27, 1492

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