Impact of CL and PP on literacy.

By: Hunter King

The Diffusion of Columbus' Letter and the Printing Press throughout Europe.

The Letter from Columbus traveled from Lisbon, to Barcelona, to Basel. There are 80 extant copies of Columbus' letter, of all the editions. No less than eleven editions were published in 1493. On the Printing Press map, the data was organized by decade. The printing press was created in 1452, in Europe. The printing press led to more consistent spelling, grammar, and handwriting. Gutenberg did not invent the printing press, but rather conceived the idea of a movable type, which is actually a aggregation of three distinct technologies utilized by humans for many centuries before Jones Gutenberg, of 2007. Both the Printing Press, and Columbus' letter represent the 15th century, and how literacy changed so very much from that century. Both of these examples of changed literacy had a widespread throughout Europe.