Isabella I, Queen of Castille 1474

In a rapid series of calculated political moves after the death of her brother, Isabella I declared herself as Queen of Castille. Together with her husband, King Ferdinand II of Aragon, she began to create the modern nation of Spain. The power couple ruled with a balance of power: Isabella had the final powers of decision in Castile while Ferdinand was the primary policy maker in Aragon with Isabella as his adviser. The couple made the fateful decision to back Christopher Columbus on his voyages of exploration, forever changing the history of the world.

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