Introduction: Culture and Recruitment
Spanish monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella were able to see beyond
cultural differences to hire the upstart foreigner from Genoa, Christopher
Columbus. Columbus proposed to navigate their ships across the Atlantic Ocean
to Asia. He never reached Asia, but his discovery made Spain one of the most
prosperous nations in the 16th century. Whether the message from this is that
you can’t trust foreigners or that foreigners are the source of a nation’s innova-
tion and growth might be debated. However, the voyages did change the world.