to 1864 (since these books were available more
readily in Australia due to the amount of trade
with England at the time). The poem also carries
the same tone as his Essay on Progress; questioning
are the brilliants a Columbus gave,
To gem the sceptre of thy Ferdinand?
Those realms, the glory of the western wave,
Which made thy commerce vast, thy empire grand!
Spain made a rapid decline after
the New World was found; turning into a financial