The Age of Exploration

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“Tell me, what do you see?” asked Columbus, shooting a glance out of a window. Sánchez pausing to look then answered, “I see rooftops, I see palaces, I see towers, I see spires that reach... to the sky! I see civilisation! ” However, some might ask, “What is civilisation?” or on a larger scale, “What is world civilisation?” Well in my opinion, world civilisation has to do with the togetherness of a country to achieve advanced development. And even though the Caribbean region was the victimized party of a forced agreement, it was in fact part of world civilisation by 1492 considering Columbus discovery of the Caribbean region and the European colonization of the Americas. On January 2, 1492, the last Moorish province in Spain, Grenada dramatically yielded to the conquering forces of Ferdinand and Isabella. This marked the end of 800 years of Moorish enlightenment and the beginning of the Columbian era . Nine months later on October 12, 1492 Italian ‘Admiral of the ocean seas’ Christopher Columbus, blundered on an obscure island in the Caribbean Sea . In my opinion, this accidental discovery sparked the knowledge of the Caribbean region throughout the world which flooded many explorers and fortune seekers towards the region, revealing it to developing countries such as the Europeans who became red-eyed for power and wealth. Well it all began with the ineffectual occasions when Columbus tried to persuade King John II to finance his plan of sailing west to reach the riches of the east and to Christianized the unbelieving inhabitants in those strange lands but had failed in his many attempts. In fact, the Portuguese Bishop of Ceuta argued that there could be no inhabitants on the other side of the world because the Bible said so. Bu... ... middle of paper ... ...f the Americas, Available from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_colonization_of_the_Americas#Early_conquests.2C_claims.2C_and_colonies, (October 15, 2011) New World Encyclopedia, European Colonization of the Americas, Available from http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/European_Colonization_of_the_Americas, (October 15, 2011) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, The Caribbean Sea, Available from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_Sea, (October 15, 2011) Google Books, Brian L. Moore, B. W. Higman, Carl Campbell, Patrick Bryan, Slavery, freedom and gender: the dynamics of Caribbean Society, 285-286, Available from http://books.google.com.jm/books?id=3p_dhz9ewjAC&printsec=frontcover&dq=slavery+freedom+and+gender&hl=en&ei=p36aTpnxH4Hi0QGK- _jgBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false, (October 16, 2011)

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