9781474276825

Columbus and His First Voyage A History in Documents

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    9781474276825

  • ISBN10:

    1474276822

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-10-06
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Summary

What happened on Columbus's first voyage across the Atlantic? Who was responsible for the success of that voyage? How do we know? These questions were debated in the courts of Spain for decades after 1492. Some of those who sailed with Columbus left very different accounts, as recorded in those trial records. Their 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 together for the first time the two contemporary versions of what happened on the first voyage – the Columbian narrative and the Pinzón narrative – and embeds them in a thorough introduction to Columbus, his first voyage, and the myths that surround this pivotal event in the history of the modern world.

Author Biography

James E. Wadsworth is Professor of History at Stonehill College, USA. He is the author of In Defence of the Faith: Joaquim Marques de Araujo, A Brazilian Comissario in the Age of Inquisitional Decline (2013).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Capitulations of Santa Fé and Granada, 1492
3. Journal of the First Voyage of Christopher Columbus
4. The Letters of Christopher Columbus Announcing His Discoveries
5. Testimonies from the Columbian Law Suits
6. Concluding Thoughts
Further Reading
Glossary
Index

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