Voyages of Columbus

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     Columbus is seen with a globe on the stamps from the United States, the Bahamas, and Norfolk Island. It is part of the design to show that Columbus believed that the earth was round and that one could reach the Indies (the East Indies) by sailing west. However, there is only one known globe at this time. It was a floor model and it was in Germany, so it is unlikely that Columbus could not have used a globe to demonstrate his ideas.

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     The design on the stamp is based on the painting, Columbus Before the Franciscans at La Rabida by Felipe Maso de Falp (1851-1929).

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