Rugoz wrote:It was an attempt to remove the middle man in the trade with India/China. It was motivated by profit and not religion, AFAIK.
Potemkin wrote:I agree. Calling it a "crusade" is incorrect, imho.
True, but there was also a huge religious motivation. Columbus wrote extensively about his plans to link up with the "Grand Khan of Asia" - a fictional Christian monarch who would help the Spanish encircle and destroy Islam - this was one of the explicit aims of his first voyage, and how he got Isabella and Ferdinand to sponsor him.
The crusading sentiment is also evidenced by how the Spanish settlers interacted with Native Americans - Cortes, for example, described Montezuma as a "sultan", and referred to "mosques" and "Moorish women" in Mexico.
It's also important to remember that all of this was happening immediately after the Reconquista, and while Innocent VIII and Alexander VI were regularly calling for another crusade in the Holy Land.
I agree it's overly simplified to say the settlement of the Americas was only, or even primarily, motivated by religion, but it was certainly a bigger factor than the traditional narrative lets on. (It's also worth mentioning Mikhail is writing primarily for an American audience, who will have been raised with the babyish Columbus myth).
Potemkin wrote:Good luck. You'll need it. Lol.
Ha, I started last night with the first couple of chapters, which are basically just the creation myth. I've already forgotten 90% of the names.
I do love Tolkien though. Everyone I know who has read the Silmarillion says there's a moment where it "clicks" and you start to appreciate it, even if it is a slog at first.
"Perhaps you want me to die of unrelieved boredom while you keep talking." - Martin Luther