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Today in History: April 17

Slide 1 of 11: 1492- Castile, Spain:  Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) appeals to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to finance his trip to the New World.  Undated illustration.

1492: Columbus seeks to be comissioned

A contract is signed by Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia.

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