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If it weren’t for her we wouldn’t be celebrating this day today.
She, after all, paid for the ticket.
Not before she drove Columbus crazy exercising her Queenly prerogative of changing her mind.
But, in the end, she was the only Spanish royal to believe in Columbus’ Voyage of Discovery.
And if she hadn’t, the entire course of history would have changed.
The American continent would not be called the Americas because someone other than Amerigo Vespucci would have mapped it.
Europe may have never had tomatoes.
Would any of us be here at this moment? Probably not.
Queen Isabella 1 ruled Castile and Aragon jointly with her husband, Ferdinand of Aragon.
They were both passionate Catholics, given, in fact, the title of “the Catholic” by Pope Alexander VI , for their work in “purifying the faith.”
Isabella "La Católica," as she was known, was also passionate about rectifying the abuse of the "Indians" at the hands of the new colonists. In 1503, she established the Secretary of Indian Affairs, which later became the Supreme Council of the Indies.
When Native Americans were brought back to Spain she insisted they be returned and freed, and her will expresses her wish that they be treated with "justice and fairness."
After Isabella died, Italian humanist Pietro Martie said, “The world has lost its noblest ornament…she was the virtue, the shield of the innocent, and an avenging sword of the innocent."
This early feminist was a patron of scholars and artists, united Spain, defied her treacherous brother King Henry and made sure her four girls were highly educated—unusual for the time.
True, her desire to make the world Catholic, led to the Inquisition.
Yet, despite the deplorable treatment of non-Catholics, history has recognized her accomplishments.
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