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Columbus: The Four Voyages (original 2011; edition 2011)
by Laurence Bergreen (Author)
Columbus: The Four Voyages by Laurence Bergreen (2011)
References to this work on external resources.
Wikipedia in English
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0670023019, Hardcover)
A Look Inside Columbus: The Four Voyages
Description: Engraving of Christopher Columbus offering his services to King John (João) II of Portugal before winning the backing of Spain.
Description: World map, c1489, of Henricus Martellus. A similar map is believed to have influenced Columbus’s ideas about his first voyage.
Description: Woodcut from 1493 of Native Americans fleeing in fear of Columbus as he sets foot on the Bahama island “Guanahani.”
Description: A 1493 woodcut accompanying Columbus’s “Letter on the First Voyage,” illustrating his arrival in the Indies.
Description: World map, 1500, of Juan de la Cosa, cartographer and navigator on Christopher Columbus's second voyage of 1493-94.
Description: The first page of Columbus’s 1492 manuscript The Book of Privileges.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:58 -0400)
Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a trading route to China, and his unexpected landfall in the Americas, is a watershed event in world history. Yet Columbus made three more voyages within the span of only a decade, each designed to demonstrate that he could sail to China within a matter of weeks and convert those he found there to Christianity. These later voyages were even more adventurous, violent, and ambiguous, but they revealed Columbus's uncanny sense of the sea, his mingled brilliance and delusion, and his superb navigational skills. In all these exploits he almost never lost a sailor. By their conclusion, however, Columbus was broken in body and spirit. If the first voyage illustrates the rewards of exploration, the latter voyages illustrate the tragic costs, political, moral, and economic. In this book the author re-creates each of these adventures as well as the historical background of Columbus's celebrated, controversial career.
(summary from another edition)
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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