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Columbus in the Americas

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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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Barry
William Least Heat-Moon's tome on Christopher Columbus is very different from the Christopher Columbus you learned about in high school. In fact you will realize in Least Heat-Moon's book that you really did not learn about Columbus in high school. He was a vain, driven, egotistical man who was full of every human flaw one can imagine. He was stubborn to such a point that when he sailed into the Caribbean Islands on the first of his four voyages to the New World, he convinced himself that he was ...more
Paul Haspel
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
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.
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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.
Jenn
Doesn't damn Columbus with opinion or vitriol, but with simple factual accounts of his actions.
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From wikipedia:

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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