Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504 - Laurence Bergreen

Christopher Columbus was avid to find gold, make Christian converts, and secure a name for himself. In other words, he was a man of his times, competing with other European adventurers for royal patronage, in return for which he promised lucrative trade routes and empire. In recounting the story of the Admiral’s “deeds and deceptions,” the historian and Marco Polo biographer Laurence Bergreen shows that the greatest of the latter Columbus perpetrated was the self-deception that kept him certain he was about to find China, though he was in the Caribbean; he died trying. Columbus: The Four Voyages (Viking, $35) uses historical documents, including Columbus’s letters and journals, for detailed recreations of the mariner’s multiple expeditions to the New World. Starting with a cultural and social portrait of fifteenth-century Genoa, Portugal, and Spain, Bergreen follows his subject back and forth across the Atlantic as he christened islands, faced storms, mutiny, friendly and hostile encounters with “Indians,” and knitted together two worlds previously separate and distinct.

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ISBN: 9780143122104
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Penguin Books - September 25th, 2012