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    That Crazy Idea


    After continually lobbying at the Spanish court and two years of negotiations, he finally had success in January 1492. Ferdinand and Isabella had just conquered Granada, the last Muslim stronghold on the Iberian Peninsula, and they received Columbus in Córdoba, in the Alcázar castle. Isabella turned him down on the advice of her confessor. Columbus was leaving town by mule in despair when Ferdinand intervened. Isabella then sent a royal guard to fetch him.

    However, Columbus would contract Pneumonia after he was fetched so he died before coming back to Isabella I of Castile causing the navigation by Columbus to fail to materialize.

    The idea of Columbus discovering sailing west to Asia was considered as a crazy idea and Colombus proposal was considered as “That Crazy Idea” and an impossible feat after the new continent west was discovered.

    On the same time, Isabella would continue to pressure her daughter, Isabella to remarry to the Duke of Beja, however, the German Emperor Maximilian offered to have her hand after the dissolution of the proxy marriage between him and Anne of Brittany in exchange for the hand of Margaret of Austria for Juan, Prince of Asturias.

    The Princess have been playing a game with her mother as Isabella did not want to remarry and wanted to stay in a convent after the death of her first husband.

    Eventually, Isabella could convince her namesake eldest daughter Isabella to marry the Holy Roman Emperor, who was grief sickened by the death of her first husband, Alfonso.

    Isabella of Aragon left Castile with a broken and heavy heart and headed to her future husband in Germany with her retinue.

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    On her journey to Antwerp, she stops in Paris wherein she meets Charles VIII and Anne of Brittany, the woman whose marriage with her prospective husband has recently been dissolved.

    Charles VIII met Isabella and was impressed by Isabella, he said that he would had married her if France is not in danger in losing Brittany, however, Isabella is unimpressed of Charles VIII

    Isabella of Aragon arrives in Antwerp in the early part of 1494 to meet her new husband, Maximilian after her difficult journey to the Habsburg territory, her retinue is mostly dismissed the ships that carried her would carry Margaret, the chosen bride to Juan, her brother and her future sister in law and thus she married her groom in Antwerp as soon as she had arrived and the retinue that escorted Isabella are the ones that embarked to escort Margaret.
    Isabella and Margaret found themselves fond of each other and it was Isabella that escorted her as she is leaving to the ship to Castile.

    When Margaret stopped to the French court she insulted the King of France and told him that she hated the fact that she was abandoned by the one she is supposed to marry.

    Margaret married Juan, Prince of Asturias as soon as she arrives in Valladolid, she commented that Isabella was kind and that she would foster the relations between Spain and the Holy Roman Empire.

    In Rome Isabella is crowned as Holy Roman Empress a year after the marriage.

    Margaret m. Juan, Prince of Asturias d. 1500(a)
    1a. Maria b. 1497
    2a. Juan b. 1499
    3a. Ferdinand the Posthumous b. 1501

    Isabella of Aragon m. Emperor Maximilian(b)
    4b. Kunigunde of Austria b. 1495
    5b. Francis of Austria b. 1497
    6b. Ferdinand of Austria b. 1499
    7b. Catherine of Austria b. 1505


    • #3
      Since the marriage between Isabella and Manuel is no longer possible, they suggested Juana of Aragon to marry Manuel instead, on 1496, Manuel marries Joanna of Castile, he met his bride in Badajoz and married her on Lisbon on 1497.

      Joanna of Castile would make the two Kingdoms of Portugal and Castile remain in Peace and made Castile focus on Africa rather than the new lands discovered by Portugal, however Castile would also be able to find colonies in the lands discovered by Portugal.

      She and Manuel would have 5 children who survived infancy.

      Eleanor b. 1498
      Manuel b. 1500
      Ferdinand b. 1503
      Catherine b. 1506
      Duarte b.1510

      Apparently, Portugal had already explored the Cape of Good Hope and took advantage of the passage to the East and already gained some presence in India and already have access to the Spice trade.

      The Portuguese would establish small settlements in the Cape of Good Hope in Africa.

      Cabral would be drifted to a new land on one of his travels to the Cape of the Good Hope he called as the “Land of the Holy Cross” in `1500.


      • #4

        Anne of Brittany went into labour on the night of 10 October and was swiftly attended to by the royal doctors and midwives. With her was Charles who, much to the annoyance of those around, soon lost his calm due to anxiety. However, all went well, and at 4 o'clock in the morning, the Queen gave birth to a robust and well-formed boy who was automatically Dauphin of France.

        The Dauphin was immediately the subject of controversy. His parents and his godmother, Jeanne de Laval, widow of King René I of Naples, wanted to name him Orlando (French: Orland), after Roland, the Carolingian hero of The Song of Roland whose name was rendered thus in Italian. The name had been suggested to them by François of Paule, a hermit and preacher in whom they had confidence. However, the godfathers (Louis, Duke of Orléans, next in line for the throne, and Peter II, Duke of Bourbon) flatly refused to allow a future king of France to be given such a foreign name and begged for him to be named instead after his ancestors: Louis, Philippe or Charles.

        However, Anne told her husband to name her son, Francis in memory of her late father, so her son became known later as Francis I of France.

        Three children would follow for Anne named Elizabeth of France b. 1493, Charles of Guyenne b. 1495 and Eleonore of France b. 1497 till the death of Charles VIII due to jousting on 1499.


        • #5

          In the end of the 15th Century or the beginning of 16th century, Volcano of Pinatubo erupted and destroyed the lives of the people in the plains of the Pampanga river, the ashes and lahar ravaged the lands.

          On the end of the 15th Century or the beginning of 16th century a part of population of Pampanga River plains migrated to the Tundun and Burakan area as well as the Southern Sambal area after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo due to the destruction it has caused to the area.

          The destruction of the area of the Pampanga river enabled the area of Burakan, Tondo and Sambal area to flourish while the actual core area is just recovering, the Majapahit territory of Selurong and its constituent Kingdoms which are Selurong and Kaboloan and trading City States.

          (so basically, in this point the downtown of the OTL Metro Manila which is empty before is settled by Kapampangan settlers instead of OTL where it is settled by the people of Calatagan)

          In the following decades the Pampanga river basin would recover and restore its previous population in the 1530’s, which would contribute to the short term recovery of Majapahit.