I thought it might be useful to mention that old Chris only could go to Queen Isabella and hit her up for large money because of something else that happened in 1492: the reconquest of the Grenada castle Alhambra by the Spanish. If Boabdil hadn’t lost the battle and sighed his sigh–and more importantly left all that treasure–the Spanish couldn’t have taken the risk they did.
It’s a rather interesting datum in light of the current world.
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