Sir John Mondeville The discovery of America inserts in the context of ancien regimen, that is, in the period of called history Modern Age. At this time, the economy of base of Spain was the woollen exportation, however, this commerce brought lesser resources each time. ' ' monarchs catlicos' ' , Fernando and Isabel felt that they would have to play a role in the new world and that they could not be financed by its needy peasants and nor for the creators of sheep. On the other hand, the Europeans had always considered the maritime trips one badly necessary one, a way to reach the El Dorado, the lendria gold city. The conditions for Columbus and other conquerors were ready who had come after it. What it explains the fact of Columbus and nobody more to have the determination to undertake this trip? Some elements as - courage, stubbornness, as much knowledge and until a little of ignorance if added to this man and none another one. Its determination was surprising as well as its power of persuation so that it they left to follow its way. With the advent of the press, in the Europe a series of production of books and pamphlets had beginning: Bibles, books of prodigals and books of monsters, classics and workmanships of astronomy and astrology (without definite separation). Histories of real or imaginary trips were very popular. The livroViagens of Sir John Mondeville and the stories of Marco Polo of its trip to China were repeated printed times. One another workmanship, the Imago Mundi (image of the world) was one of bedside books of Cristvo Columbus. These books had been studied by it, that much was influenced by these readings. Imago Mundi, of Pierre Cardinal d' Ailly. It describes the land in admirable scientific terms. Its...

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