Copies of a letter written by Christopher Columbus describing his first impressions of the Americas have become so rare and valuable, they’re being stolen and replaced with forgeries at some of the world’s most prestigious libraries.
In 1492, Christopher Columbus, of course, sailed the ocean blue. And on his journey home, he wrote a letter to his patrons, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, describing his discovery of the new world, and in effect, asking for more money to make another trip. Columbus’ voyage marked one of the great plot points in history. Upon his return, his letter was printed and distributed throughout Europe, making for blockbuster news.