Birth Name: Isabella I of Castille
Born: December 11, 1474
Birthplace: Madrigal de las Altas Torres, Ávila, Spain
Died: November 16, 1504
Married: to Ferdinand II of Aragon
They had 7 children, 5 of whom lived to adulthood.
Isabella was born into a life of royal intrigue. She had to fight to establish her right to the throne, but having gained it, made great contributions to the country of Spain. She was an intelligent woman and a very strong ruler. She and her husband helped establish political and financial stability and reduce crime.
After somewhat of a stalemate in a war with Portugal, Isabella agreed to sponsor Christopher Columbus in his journeys to the new world. His successes there greatly improved her status in this situation.
Isabella was a pious Catholic woman, and in her reign occurred the Spanish Inquisition and Jews and Moslems were persecuted.
Links: http://womenshistory.about.com/cs/medrenqueens/p/p_isabella_i.htm history of Isabella I
http://www.ctspanish.com/legends/isabella1.htm more in-depth history of Isabella I
Sculpture Notes: Plaque on Statue: “Ysabel I la Catolica
Reina de Castilla
Y tierra fierma
Del mar oceano”
Also, “ THIS IS THE STATUE OF QUEEN ISABELLA OF SPAIN AND THE AMERICAS WHO SENT CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS TO DISCOVER THE NEW WORLD. DONATED BY SPAIN TO THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES. APRIL 14, 1966 DAY OF THE AMERICAS”
Also, “ THIS STATUE WAS RESTORED WITH THE PATRONAGE OF THE SPAIN-USA FOUNDATION AND UNVEILED IN THE PRESENCE OF H.R.H. DONA CHRISTINA DE BORBON, INFANTA OF SPAIN, ON OCTOBER 15, 2010.”
Sculptor: Jose Luis Sanchez
Installation Date: April 14, 1966, restored and rededicated Oct 15, 2010
The statue stands on the square in front of the building of the Organization of American States. It was presented by the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Madrid and dedicated on the 475th anniversary of Columbus first sighting of the New World, April 14, 1966
Location: Washington, D.C., Organization of the American States Headquarters Main Building, corner of 17th and Constitution Avenue N.W.
Date of Photos: 10/05/2011