Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504

Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504

Laurence Bergreen


He knew not anything of celestial navigation or of the life of the Pacific Ocean. He used to be a self-promoting and impressive entrepreneur. His maps have been a hybrid of delusion and fable. whilst he did make land, he enslaved the population he chanced on, inspired genocide, and polluted family among peoples. He ended his profession in close to lunacy. yet Columbus had one asset that made all of the distinction, an inborn feel of the ocean, of wind and climate, and of choosing the optimum direction to get from A to B. Laurence Bergreen's lively and bracing publication provides the entire Columbus and most significantly, the complete of his occupation, not only the spotlight of 1492. Columbus undertook 3 extra voyages among 1494 and 1504, each one designed to illustrate that he may well sail to China inside an issue of weeks and convert these he discovered there to Christianity. by means of their end, Columbus was once damaged in physique and spirit, a hero undone by way of the tragic flaw of delight. If the 1st voyage illustrates the rewards of exploration, this ebook indicates how the following voyages illustrate the prices - political, ethical, and financial.

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