Using Deliberative Techniques to Teach United States History

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CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS FIRST VOYAGE DIARY 1492

Introduction

Whereas, Most Christian, High, Excellent, and Powerful Princes, King and
Queen of Spain … this present year 1492, after your Highnesses had terminat-
ed the war with the Moors reigning in Europe, … and in the present month, in
consequence of the information which I had given your Highnesses respect-
ing the countries of India and of a Prince, called Great Can, which in our lan-
guage signifies King of Kings, how, at many times he, and his predecessors had
sent to Rome soliciting instructors who might teach him our holy faith, and
the holy Father had never granted his request, whereby great numbers of peo-
ple were lost, believing in idolatry and doctrines of perdition. Your Highnesses,
as Catholic Christians, and princes who love and promote the holy Christian
faith, and are enemies of the doctrine of Mahomet, and of all idolatry and her-
esy, determined to send me, Christopher Columbus, to the above-mentioned
countries of India, to see the said princes, people, and territories, and to learn
their disposition and the proper method of converting them to our holy faith;
and furthermore directed that I should not proceed by land to the East, as is
customary, but by a Westerly route, in which direction we have hitherto no
certain evidence that any one has gone. So after having expelled the Jews
from your dominions, your Highnesses, in the same month of January, ordered
me to proceed with a sufficient armament to the said regions of India, and for
that purpose granted me great favors, and ennobled me that thenceforth I
might call myself Don, and be High Admiral of the Sea, and perpetual Viceroy
and Governor in all the islands and continents which I might discover and
acquire, or which may hereafter be discovered and acquired in the ocean; and

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