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Originally posted by Kandinsky
I've enjoyed your recent threads, but I'm not a great fan of these type of conspiracies. I'm a great fan of human nature though. Trade routes, imperialism and emergent Capitalism seem the more likely motivations for his ambitions.
Human nature being what it is, I expect Colombus exploited Isabella's religious fanaticism to gain her Patronage. By suggesting that it was God's Will and that she could further her ambitions in God's name, he'd be assured of wealth and glory. It seems to have worked.