When Christopher Columbus persuaded King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain to support his voyage into the West, it changed the course of world history.
And a good thing, too. Without Columbus, Europeans would undoubtedly still believe the Earth was flat and the Chinese would be running the Americas. (Imagine how bad the smog in LA would be!)
*Here’s how Columbus convinced Ferdinand and Isabella to support his quest:
(*Might not be historically accurate)
Columbus: Hey guys, give me three ships and I’ll sail west to find a new route to China. That will give you a huge advantage when it comes to trade.
Queen Isabella: (yawns)
King Ferdinand: Cool. What’s in it for us?
Columbus: Any territory I find along the way I’ll claim for Spain.
Ferdinand: But won’t you just fall off the end of the Earth? Then we’ll be out three good ships.
Columbus: The Earth is round. That was established a long time ago. Besides, I found this map the Chinese made. Turns out there’s at least one whole continent on the way to the Orient. I’ll make you so rich the Queen will be wearing gold-plated girdles.
Isabella: (perks up)
Ferdinand: Awesome! Let’s do it!
Now let’s imagine how it would be if Columbus was trying to convince the Lil’ General (TM) to support the voyage: