Christopher Columbus is credited with the discovery of America in 1492. His voyages were sponsored with the money and treasures which Queen Isabella found in Alhambra. According to some gossips, the Queen gave one of her most valuable and precious necklaces which she liked most, to the Italian dreamer from Genoa so he could equip his fleet and rumours say that there was a love affair between them.
Thus in 1492 Columbus signed a contract with Spain to find out the Indies and started his first voyage from Palos de la Frontera in Southern Spain to the new and unknown lands about which he never got to know that they were part of the New World. Owing to his unlimited adventurous spirit the Old Continent and especially Spain, could bring their culture and traditions, languages and architecture to the new continents from where in return they obtained brand new and exotic materials and goods like cocoa, vanilla, chocolate, potatoes, etc..