The beautiful city of Seville has a history that sent waves across the globe. 1492 was the year of the Alhambra Decree, which banished Jews from Spain, of the final expulsion of the Moors from Spain, and of Columbus's journey to the Americas. Over five centuries ago this pocket of Spain launched the small ships that changed the world; it has remained a key player in maritime history ever since.
In 1492 Spain was at the tail end of a centuries-long struggle that had drained their coffers. The promise of riches and of religious conversions led the Kings of Spain, Queen Isabella of Aragon and King Ferdinand of Castile, to support Columbus's plans for his expedition to the Americas.
One of the most significant events in maritime history, Columbus's journey left a far reaching legacy, delivering almost unimaginable wealth to Spain. This tour explores the legacies bestowed by Andalusia’s extraordinary maritime history that goes back to the Phoenicians, continues to the story of small ships on a world-changing journey, and beyond.
There is an extension to Doñana National Park and Jerez after the tour.
Captain Peter Hore served worldwide during a full career in the Royal Navy, spent nine years in the film and TV industry, and is now a fulltime author, editor and journalist. A freelance obituarist at the London Daily Telegraph since 2002, he has written over a thousand obituaries on the men and women of the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines and others. He has written several books on naval history and biography and is a busy public speaker. He also writes reviews and articles for several newspapers and journals, and is the editor of the Trafalgar Chronicle. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Society for Nautical Research, a chartered member of the Institute of Linguists, and a corresponding member of the Royal Swedish Society for Nautical Sciences. Peter was a speaker on a Jon Baines Tours Maritime History Cruise visiting Seville in 2018.
The cost of the tour is USD $1,652 per person sharing