FERDINAND V, KING OF SPAIN. 1452-1516; AND ISABELLA I, QUEEN OF SPAIN. 1451-1504. Letter Signed ("Yo el Rey" and "Yo la Reyna"), 1 p, docketed to the verso,
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FERDINAND V, KING OF SPAIN. 1452-1516; AND ISABELLA I, QUEEN OF SPAIN. 1451-1504.
Letter Signed ("Yo el Rey" and "Yo la Reyna"), 1 p, docketed to the verso,
US$ 10,000 - 15,000
£7,500 - 11,000

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FERDINAND V, KING OF SPAIN. 1452-1516; AND ISABELLA I, QUEEN OF SPAIN. 1451-1504.
Letter Signed ("Yo el Rey" and "Yo la Reyna"), 1 p, docketed to the verso, 197 x 213 mm, Zaragoza, October 15, 1492, to Don Juan de Ribera directing him to proceed to the town of San Sebastian to carry out certain orders; on paper with flower/hand watermark, folds, lightly passing through signature, minor foxing.

REMARKABLE LETTER DATED JUST DAYS AFTER COLOMBUS'S DISCOVERY OF THE NEW WORLD. Late in the evening on October 11, 1492, Rodrigo de Triana aboard the Pinta spotted a body of land, but so small that it could not be confirmed. However, as late night turned into the early morning of October 12, 1492, the land sighting was confirmed and the trio of ships steered a course towards a small island, making landfall in the light of day – and for the first time, a European set foot on the land of the New World. Stirringly, while the most significant voyage of discovery was culminating in the West, forever altering the fabric of human development, four-thousand miles away business as usual continued in the Spanish empire. This manuscript, dated October 15, 1492, as Columbus, aboard the Santa Maria, stood off the newly found San Salvador (in the present day Bahamas), is the closest document we have seen to Columbus's momentous achievement. The letter to Don Juan de Ribera, Captain-General in Navarre, contains firm instructions from the monarchs to compel peace in the town of San Sebastian, as the Catholic Monarchs sought to impose their religious order on the Spanish frontier.
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