But [Christopher Columbus] also insisted on a proper reward. As a poor boy and a self-made mariner he had been pushed around all his life, and he intended to take no more of that. So he demanded three ships, the hereditary title of Admiral of the Ocean Sea, control of all trade between Spain and whatever Oriental port or island he discovered, and a cut on all precious metals that he brought home. Preposterous! said the princes to whom he applied. Columbus felt he could afford to wait. But he might have waited until death if the intuition of Queen Isabella had not flown out to meet his supreme self-confidence and irritating conceit. Early in 1492 it was settled between him and the joint Spanish sovereigns, Ferdinand and Isabella.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
The Oxford History of the American People by Samuel Eliot Morison
Prehistory to 1789 Publishers The New American Library 1972