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<blockquote>These things excited the Admiral (as he called his father) still more; and he informed himself of the other voyages and navigations that the Portuguese were then making to Mina and down the coast of Guinea, and greatly enjoyed speaking with the men who sailed in those regions. One thing leading to another and starting a train of thought, the Admiral while in Portugal began to speculate that if the Portuguese could sail so far south, it should be possible to sail as far westward, and that it was logical to expect to find land in that direction.</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>These things excited the Admiral (as he called his father) still more; and he informed himself of the other voyages and navigations that the Portuguese were then making to Mina and down the coast of Guinea, and greatly enjoyed speaking with the men who sailed in those regions. One thing leading to another and starting a train of thought, the Admiral while in Portugal began to speculate that if the Portuguese could sail so far south, it should be possible to sail as far westward, and that it was logical to expect to find land in that direction.</blockquote>
      
[[File:Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze - Columbus Before the Queen.jpg|thumb|upright=1.4|''Columbus Before the Queen'', Emanuel Leutze (1843)]]
 
[[File:Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze - Columbus Before the Queen.jpg|thumb|upright=1.4|''Columbus Before the Queen'', Emanuel Leutze (1843)]]
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It would have been dangerous to claim the territories of the Great Khan. Yet Columbus showed no fear of claiming lands belonging to the Great Khan or any other Oriental ruler. Moreover, while supposedly seeking Japan or the mainland of Asia, Columbus continued to sail around, claiming islands for Ferdinand and Isabella.  
 
It would have been dangerous to claim the territories of the Great Khan. Yet Columbus showed no fear of claiming lands belonging to the Great Khan or any other Oriental ruler. Moreover, while supposedly seeking Japan or the mainland of Asia, Columbus continued to sail around, claiming islands for Ferdinand and Isabella.  
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[[File:ColombusNotesToMarcoPolo.jpg|thumb|upright=1.4|Colombus’s copy of Marco Polo’s ''Le Livre des Merveilles'', with his handwritten notes in the margins]]
 
[[File:ColombusNotesToMarcoPolo.jpg|thumb|upright=1.4|Colombus’s copy of Marco Polo’s ''Le Livre des Merveilles'', with his handwritten notes in the margins]]
  
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