Christopher Columbus emphatically demonstrated that his devotion to the Christian faith and to Mary was vital and vigorous.

Remember that 1492 was still the Middles Ages.  The Protestant Revolt did not erupt until 15 years later.  And later, unlike Hernán Cortés, Columbus didn’t see Native Americans as slaves or enemies, but as children of God, and as potential converts, and allies of Spain.

The Admiral’s dedication to Mary

Columbus was a staunch champion of the doctrine of Mary’s Immaculate Conception.  His veneration of the Mother of the Redeemer was clearly a symbol of his faith and a mainspring of his life’s work of discovery.

At the very outset of his grand adventure, he recorded his devotedness to Mary by giving her name to his flagship.

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