While the admiral remained at Seville attending to the equipment of the expedition, he received a letter from their majesties, directing him to cause a sea chart to be drawn with all the rhumbs and other particulars necessary for pointing out the voyage to the West Indies. Their majesties pressed him to hasten his departure, making him great promises of favour and reward, as the importance of his discovery seemed every day the greater. This letter was dated from Barcelona on the 5th September, up to which day nothing had been definitively settled with the king of Portugal, respecting the proposed limits between the two nations in the ocean. The admiral continued his exertions to get every thing ready, and caused many kinds of useful plants to be shipped; likewise wheat, barley, oats, rye, and all kinds of grain and seeds; cows, bricks, lime, and other materials for building; and an infinite number of useful articles.
 Almost seven months and a half; or more precisely
being seven kalendar months and twelve days.—E.
 In this bull, following the vague language of
Columbus, the great
discoverer, the New World is called the Indies, slightly
distinguished, in grammatical number only, from India in
 In the bull, as reported by Herrera, all that
should be discovered to
the west and south of the meridianal line from pole to pole is
granted to the crown of Castile and Leon. It is hard to say what
portion of the globe was conceived to be to the south of such a
demarcation. But it is obvious that in granting all to the west of
this line to Spain, and all to the east of it to Portugal, the pope
and cardinals granted the whole circumference of the globe
reciprocally to both crowns. The sacred college had not hitherto
adopted the geographical heresy of Galileo, and still entertained
vague notions of the true figure of the earth.—E.