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A Letter from Christopher Columbus to the King & Queen of Spain

A letter by Christopher Columbus in the 1490’s written to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, during Columbus’s time in the new world, depicts the rules and foundations Columbus had set to colonize the newly discovered island, named Espanola. These rules consist of how many colonists were to be allowed to enter said island, the establishment of towns, having colonists search the land for gold, and how the gold shall be divided between the towns, the townsfolk, and the Kingdom, which seems to be the primary reason for the letter being written. The document also goes into detail about setting up trade with the other islands, establishing churches, mayors, and future exploration.

This letter was written in pertinence to the colonization of the Americas. Spain had its mind set on finding gold, and with the help of Columbus they might just do so. All colonists that wish to collect gold in the new land must file “colonists’ papers”, build their own homes in the towns that were assigned to them. But there are strict guidelines to how a settler can mine for gold. “None of the colonists shall go to seek gold without a license from the governor or Mayor of the town where he lives”. Each man that wished to search for gold had to file the colonist’s papers and receive a license from the towns Mayor. “He must first take oath to return to the place whence he sets out, for the purpose of registering faithfully all the gold he may have found, and to return once a month, or once a week, as the time may have been set for him, to render account and show the quantity of said gold”. Essentially each man had his own spot where he could look for gold and nowhere else. There was also a set amount of time for which each man could mine for depending…...

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