Conquistadors and Missionaries

Columbus had stopped to consult with Portugal’s John II before returning to Spain on his first voyage. Feeling threatened by the Spanish sponsored voyage, the Portuguese king had dispatched a letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella warning that all lands south of the Canary Islands belonged to Portugal, as stated by the Treaty of Alcáçovas. Continue reading Conquistadors and Missionaries

Indiana Dunes State Park

Visitors to Indiana Dunes State Park can hike the sand mountains that tower over beautiful Lake Michigan and see the city of Chicago in the distance. Bird watchers can find a copious number of waterfowls, songbirds and other avian treats in the marshes in the park. Sun worshipers can swim and lounge along the immense sand beaches that line the Lake Michigan shoreline. Camping, fishing and picnicking are also fun activities at the park. Continue reading Indiana Dunes State Park

Sample Chapter – Spanish Explorer Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón Lands in South Carolina to Found Colony

The son of Juan Vázquez de Ayllón and Inés de Villalobos, Lucas was native to Toledo, Spain. Ayllón studied law and received instruction in Spanish politics from his city councilman father. In 1502 he accompanied a flotilla of ships that carried the new Spanish governor of Hispaniola, Nicolás de Ovando, to the island. Ovando appointed Ayllón as alcalde mayor with the responsibility to establish order in the gold mining region of the island Continue reading Sample Chapter – Spanish Explorer Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón Lands in South Carolina to Found Colony