What would have happened, if his journey wasn't fully funded by the Spanish monarchs, and Columbus would had to support his mission with street performing.
Which is much more difficult out on the open sea.
Not as much foot traffic.
Mermaids aplenty, but they have no feet. Or wallets.
(Pirates do have money and feet, but aren't the most supportive of the arts.)
So, thank you Spain.
Because without you, Columbus might very well have failed, and we wouldn't be speaking Italian today.
Mamma Mea Culpa.