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Columbus explaining his discovery to king ferdinand and queen isabella

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Current Event June 1, 2016

Columbus’ Stolen Letter

When Christopher Columbus was on his way back to Spain, he wrote a letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella describing his voyage to the new world. Copies of this letter were made to spread the word of his discoveries. At some point before 1992, one copy of the letter was stolen from Florence, Italy and replaced by a forged copy. Then that copy of the letter ended up in the Library of Congress. The United States has now returned the letter to its place in Italy. Listen to hear more about what happened to this historic document.


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AIR DATE: 05/18/2016

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