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Before Columbus: Exploration and Colonisation from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, 1229-1492

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Demonstrating that Columbus's voyage was a new step in a centuries-old process of European expansion, Fernandez-Armesto provides a stimulating account of the broadening of Europe's physical and mental horizons in the Middle Ages. He shows how the techniques and institutions of medieval colonial expansion that were applied to the New World made long-term conquest and settle ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 1st 1987 by University of Pennsylvania Press
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Daniel Morgan
Jul 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: medieval
Ehhhh . . . where to begin.

This book is a plain, unadorned chronicle of European colonization and exploration, just like it says in the title. However, I have numerous complaints:
1. The author has "tried to make each chapter independent of the others" (vii) - it would be nice to see how all of these different regions and kingdoms actually interacted or were otherwise connected to each other.
2. No primary sources! In 250 pages the author only includes a few paragraphs of primary sources, which is
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Born in 1950, Felipe Fernández-Armesto was raised in London by his Spanish born father and British born mother both active journalists. As a historian, he has written numerous books on a variety of subject from American History to the Spanish Armada. He currently serves as the Principe de Asturias Chair in Spanish Culture and Civilization at Tufts University and Professor of Global Environmental H ...more