The cradle of the Discovery of America

by Jorge Sanchez - 4 years ago

I learnt a lot of history related with the Discovery of America when I visited the Monasterio de la Rábida, Moguer, the village of Palos de la Frontera and its port, where I visited a museum devoted to the transcendental four voyages of Columbus to America with the replicas of the three caravels La Niña, La Pinta and La Santa María, and searching for China he met America. In my way on foot from Palos de la Frontera to the Monastery I saw many plaques from all the regions of Spain (17), and also from Philippines, Hispanic America countries and USA thanking Moguer, Palos de la Frontera and the Monastery de la Rábida for their collaboration to Columbus with men and caravels. One of the plaques was devoted to Washington Irving, American writer who made a journey from Sevilla to the places related with the discovery of America: Monasterio de la Rábida, Palos de la Frontera and Moguer, and wrote a report about it. It was in the monastery de la Rábida where Columbus explained the Franciscan friars about his project, and one of the friars (Juan Pérez) visited the Catholic Kings to convince them of the viability of the project of Columbus. The entrance to the Monastery was not expensive. I spent inside about two hours visiting the statue of the Virgin, the frescos on the walls featuring Columbus, the chamber where Columbus and his son slept and, in general, breathing the atmosphere of that historical monastery. It was a very didactic and emotive experience, especially for a Spaniard.

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