Columbus' and de Vaca's purposes to compose letters are quite divergent. Christopher Columbus' main objective in his Letter to Ferdinand and Isabella Regarding the Fourth Voyage, was to list his unnoticed accomplishments, justly sufferings, and devotion in order for the monarchs to save him. He had his heart set on Ferdinand and Isabella's pity to obtain their permission to go to Rome and other places of pilgrimage. In Columbus' "Letter to Ferdinand and Isabella Regarding the Fourth Voyage," Columbus had the intention to please his majesty by claiming his "[pure devotion which [he] has ever borne to the service of [his] Highnesses." He also states that the purpose of his expedition was not for his own good, and that "[he] did not sail upon this voyage to gain honor or wealth," but for his "true devotion and ready zeal" to serve his Highnesses. During his fourth voyage, Christopher endured many hazards, like imprisonment, which triggered him to compose a letter filled with his many accomplishments that he believes went unnoticed. Columbus had hopes that... [continues]
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