Queen Isabella I

During this time Spain began its rise into greatness.  This was the beginning of the "Golden Age" of Spain.   Discovers such as Columbus were bringing them riches, their agriculture prospered, they became great manufactures of cloths, glass, steel weapons and leather goods.   This could not have been achieved without Queen Isabella.  She was able to see the potential of Columbus.  Her laws and the fair way she treated her citizens (with the exception of her horrible treatment of the Jewish citizens)  enabled Spain to be at peace internally.  Her strong army and navy made Spain a world power and a great trading power.  The Spanish she spoke is still used by the Spanish Royal Academy (shown above) as the standard for the language. 

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