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" Cristobal, even if you had not undertaken this great enterprise, we should not have lacked a man who would have made the same discovery that you did, here in our own country of Spain, as it is full of great men clever in cosmography and literature. "
History of the New World - Page 17
by Girolamo Benzoni (Seefahrer, Italien) - 1857 - 280 pages
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Life of Christopher Columbus

Sir Clements Robert Markham - America - 1892 - 375 pages
...customary, the subject of conversation was the Indies, one of them undertook to say, ' Signer Cristoforo, even if you had not found the Indies, we should not...have attempted the same that you did, here in our country of Spain, as it is full of great men, clever in cosmography and literature.' Columbus said...
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Go Down, Moses

Nancy Dew Taylor, William Faulkner - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 268 pages
...undertaken this great enterprise, we should not have lacked a man who would have made the same discovery that you did, here in our own country of Spain, as...men clever in cosmography and literature." Columbus made no reply, but took an egg and had it placed on the table saying: "Gentlemen, you make it stand...
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