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The scene of the meeting of Christophorus Columbus with the Catholic Kings in the garden of Alcazar of Cordoba.

Columbus had asked an audience from the monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile and presented presented his plans to Queen Isabella in Alcalá de Henares the 20th of January 1486 , who, in turn, referred it to a committee. After a lot of time, these savants of Spain met at the University of Salamanca reported back that Columbus had judged the distance to Asia too short. They though that his idea was wrong and advised their Royal Highnesses to pass on the proposed trip.
However, to keep Columbus from taking his ideas elsewhere, and perhaps to keep their options open, the King and Queen of Spain gave him an annual allowance of 12,000 maravedis and in 1489 furnished him with a letter ordering all Spanish cities and towns to provide him food and lodging at no cost.
In December 1491, Columbus was asked to come to the royal camp of Santa Fe (Granada). His proyect was submited to a new committee, thanks to the support of the Queen, but it was rejected again, perhaps because of the exigences of Columbus.

After two years of negotiations at the Spanish court, he finally had success in 1492. Ferdinand and Isabella had just conquered Granada, the last Muslim territory on the Iberian peninsula, and they received Columbus in Córdoba, in the Alcázar castle. Isabella turned Columbus down on the advice of her confessor, and he was leaving the town by mule when Ferdinand intervened. Isabella then sent a royal guard to bring him back and Ferdinand later claimed credit for being "the principal cause why those islands were discovered".
Columbus was to be made "Admiral of the Seas" and would receive a portion of all profits. The terms were unusually generous, but as his son later wrote, the monarchs did not really expect him to return.

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