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Columbus and His First Voyage : A History in Documents (Hardcover)
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What happened on Columbus's first voyage across the Atlantic and how do we know? Some of those who sailed with Columbus left very different accounts of what happened. Indeed, for decades after 1492, what happened and who was responsible was debated in the courts of Spain. These competing voices have long been silenced by the deafening crescendo of Columbus's own narrative-a narrative riddled with contradictions and inconsistencies that beg to be explained. This documentary history allows the reader to encounter the founding documents of the Columbus story as well as the voices that dared to challenge it-even in his own day. What these documents reveal forces us to re-imagine Columbus and his voyage in surprising ways.
Columbus and His First Voyage brings these two versions – the Columbian narrative and the Pinzón narrative – of what happened on the first voyage together for the first time and embeds them in a thorough introduction to Columbus, his first voyage and the myths that surround this key event in world history.