Columbus and Cabeza de Vaca:
The audiences role in their writings
Christianity was found to be a necessity in Spain under the rule of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. They were known as the “Catholic Kings” due in part to the Spanish Inquisition. The Inquisition, which started in 1478, led to the persecution of all non-Catholics. The persecution of the non-Catholics included the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. When the Jews were ran out
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was a ruling factor. One could be put to death or exiled if they were perceived as being against the church. It seems that Columbus and Cabeza de Vaca didn’t set out to blatantly lie about their adventures. However they did make sure they were viewed as proper Christians at all times. For it was decidedly unacceptable to be anything but Catholic in the late 1400’s under the reign of Spain’s “Catholics Kings”.