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The Last Voyage of Columbus by Martin Dugard
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Feb 27, 09

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Read in July, 2008

I learned a lot from this book. It follows Columbus from searching for money for his first voyage through his last (fourth) voyage, focusing on the last. (But it's only half the book.) The author is very pro-Columbus, and makes others (other explorers, the main bean-counter back in Spain, Ferdinand but Isabella less so) seem evil or foolish. CC was a terrible administrator, but a great seaman. Apparently had a good feeling for hurricanes before others really knew what they were. Used the solar eclipse trick to fool some Indians. Thought he really was close to Japan. Final voyage ended more or less stranded on Jamaica (?) because his ships just couldn't go any farther.
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