Commander McBragg recounts his time traveling between Afghanistan and Pakistan, in the Khyber Pass which was formerly part of the Silk Road. The Kyber Pass was an important trade route between Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. It was a strategic military location and area of contention.
Columbus discusses with Spanish royalty his proposal to reach Asia by sailing west across the Atlantic Ocean. Columbus estimates his voyage to be 7 weeks long, but the reviewers of his proposal disagree and believe it will take one year. Columbus states that the goals of his voyage are to open a trade route with Asia for economic benefit and to expand the influence of the monarchs, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castille.