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Columbus in the Americas

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A stirring tale of adventure and tragedy

"They brought balls of spun cotton and parrots and javelins and other little things that it would be tiresome to write down, and they gave everything for anything that was given to them. I was attentive and labored to find out if there was any gold."

With these portentous words, Christopher Columbus described one of his first encounte
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Wiley (first published February 10th 2002)
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Jenn
Aug 03, 2011 Jenn rated it really liked it
Doesn't damn Columbus with opinion or vitriol, but with simple factual accounts of his actions.
Ron
Feb 25, 2016 Ron added it
A short, brisk overview of Columbus's four voyages, where he seems to have gone in the Caribbean, how he treated the natives (not very well at all), what he missed (the mainland, mostly), how he was treated by his sailing compatriots (rather shittily), and how he was regarded back home by the Spanish crown (nowhere near as well as he had hoped). Heat-Moon gives him plenty of kudos for his sailing skills (he made the trips quite expeditiously, especially when compared to later English voyages, th ...more
Paul Haspel
Oct 07, 2012 Paul Haspel rated it really liked it
A short but useful summary of Christopher Columbus's voyages to the Americas. Acknowledges Columbus' boldness as a mariner and the scope of his ambitions, and at the same time makes no bones regarding the enormity of the cruelties that Columbus perpetrated against the aboriginal peoples of the American continent.

Writing this review on this Columbus Day 2013 -- that's 521 years after Columbus made his first American landfall at what is now Watling Island, and 79 years after President Franklin D.
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Barb
Jan 20, 2014 Barb rated it really liked it
Pretty darn interesting. Places Columbus within context quite well. Never knew about the other three voyages, or the political pressures Columbus was under to bring back wealth. Moon admires Columbus as a sailor, understands some of the impossible situations he found himself in, and still reminds us, from time to time, what wanton destruction this brought on to the native peoples of our continent. Very well balanced.
David
Jun 18, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
This was an interesting and fast read detailing all four of Columbus's voyages to the new world. It was based on abstracts of his ship's logs and other writings. Until the end, Columbus was convinced that he had actually reached the Orient and was finding some lesser known islands and people in that region. A great read for anyone wanting to have an overall picture of each of the voyages and what he did and experienced as the New World became more familiar to the Old World.
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Good overview from one of my favorite authors. If you are at all interested in this topic you would do well to look into the books 1491 and 1493.
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William Least Heat-Moon, byname of William Trogdon is an American travel writer of English, Irish and Osage Nation ancestry. He is the author of a bestselling trilogy of topographical U.S. travel writing.

His pen name came from his father saying, "I call myself Heat Moon, your elder brother is Little Heat Moon. You, coming last, therefore, are Least." Born in Kansas City, Missouri, H
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