Most outstanding leaders of the 15th century

Dec 2015
3,581
USA
#61
Christopher Columbus comes to my mind. He was a leader in the sense of being a leading explorer of the world. Columbus was also into different cultures, writing of the Taino People he encountered in the so called New world as the most outstanding people of the world.
 

martin76

Ad Honorem
Dec 2014
6,342
Spain
#62
And that Castile just retained the Canaries in the Atlantic fachade of Africa was the result of the outcome of the war. In the Iberian Peninsula, in spite of the Portuguese victory at Toro, the cause of Juana and Alfonso V was lost.

However, in the ocean the Portuguese navy defeated all the Castilian attempts to seize African possesions. The Portuguese navy overpowered the Castilian in every front, excepting the Canaries (and even there, the Portuguese ships roamed freely). So the Spanish were effectively pushed away from the eastern Atlantic (forever).

That's why the Catholic Monarchs supported Columbus: he offered a way to future expansion, free from the Portuguese
Are you talking about 15th Century or 16th Century?
 
Nov 2010
7,581
Cornwall
#63
And that Castile just retained the Canaries in the Atlantic fachade of Africa was the result of the outcome of the war. In the Iberian Peninsula, in spite of the Portuguese victory at Toro, the cause of Juana and Alfonso V was lost.

However, in the ocean the Portuguese navy defeated all the Castilian attempts to seize African possesions. The Portuguese navy overpowered the Castilian in every front, excepting the Canaries (and even there, the Portuguese ships roamed freely). So the Spanish were effectively pushed away from the eastern Atlantic (forever).

That's why the Catholic Monarchs supported Columbus: he offered a way to future expansion, free from the Portuguese
I don't think it's practical to compare the turbulent and hang-by-a-thread politics of Iberia during the accession of Isobel la Catolica with the established power of Fernando and Isobel by, lets say, 1491.

Besides Tenerife wasn't conquered until 1495, despite Fernando de Lugo's catastrophic defeat to the Guanches the previous year. From Toro to Granada was a whole universe of power and politics.

Just lucky Brazil turned out to be on the eastern side of the line!!!
 

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