"To carry out the conquest of so many countries, to cross so many
seas and rivers, valleys, forests and mountains, and to take on the
Aztecs and the Mayans in their own territory, some great idea was
needed as well as human will." (Americo Castro) When, in 1492,
Christopher Columbus finally stood ready to set sail across the
'Ocean Sea' for what he thought was India (christening the Indies
and the Indians), he crossed himself and devoted his expedition... more...