Financial Support for the voyage

Christopher Columbus's plan

Europeans had enjoyed a safe land passage, the Silk Road that led to the Indies and China, which represented rich sources of valuable goods such as silk and spices. But after the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks, the land route that led to Asia became more dangerous than ever before. Due to these circumstances in the 1480s, the Columbus brothers developed and proposed a plan to reach the Indies by sailing west across the "Ocean Sea." Even though Christopher was not right in calculations of degrees of longitude that separated the Far East from Europe, his knowledge about the trade winds proved to be the key to the successful navigation of the Atlantic Ocean.

Christopher Columbus's expedition proposals