Books on Legendary Explorer and Discover Christopher Columbus

Books on Legendary Explorer and Discover Christopher Columbus

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Title: Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504

From the author of the Magellan biography, Over the Edge of the World, a mesmerizing new account of the great explorer

Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a trading route to China, and his unexpected landfall in the Americas, is a watershed event in world history. Yet Columbus made three more voyages within the span of only a decade, each designed to demonstrate that he could sail to China within a matter of weeks and convert those he found there to Christianity. These later voyages were even more adventurous, violent, and ambiguous, but they revealed Columbus's uncanny sense of the sea, his mingled brilliance and delusion, and his superb navigational skills. In all these exploits he almost never lost a sailor. By their conclusion, however, Columbus was broken in body and spirit. If the first voyage illustrates the rewards of exploration, the latter voyages illustrate the tragic costs—political, moral, and economic.

In rich detail Laurence Bergreen re-creates each of these adventures as well as the historical background of Columbus's celebrated, controversial career. Written from the participants' vivid perspectives, this breathtakingly dramatic account will be embraced by readers of Bergreen's previous biographies of Marco Polo and Magellan and by fans of Nathaniel Philbrick, Simon Winchester, and Tony Horwitz.

Author(s): Laurence Bergreen
ISBN 13: 9780143122104
Pages: 448
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Title: The True Story of Christopher Columbus

The most seminal event of the last millennium might also be its most controversial. As schoolchildren have been taught for over 500 years, “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” In October of that year, the Italian Christopher Columbus immortalized himself by landing in the New World and beginning the process of European settlement in the Americas for Spain, bringing the Age of Exploration to a new hemisphere with him. Ironically, the Italian had led a Spanish expedition, in part because the Portugese rejected his offers in the belief that sailing west to Asia would take too long. Columbus had better luck with the Spanish royalty, successfully persuading Queen Isabella to commission his expedition. In August 1492, Columbus set west for India at the helm of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. After a harrowing trip that nearly left his crew mutinous, on October 7, 1492, the three ships spotted flocks of birds, suggesting land was nearby, so Columbus followed the direction in which the birds flew. On the night of October 11, the expedition sighted land, and when Columbus came ashore the following day in the Bahamas, he thought he was in Japan, but the natives he came into contact with belied the descriptions of the people and lands of Asia as wealthy and resourceful. Instead, the bewildered Columbus would note in his journal that the natives painted their bodies, wore no clothes and had primitive weapons, leading him to the conclusion they would be easily converted to Catholicism. When he set sail for home in January 1493, he brought several imprisoned natives back to Spain with him. Everyone agrees that Columbus’s discovery of the New World was one of the turning points in history, but agreements over his legacy end there. Columbus became such a towering figure in Western history that the United States’ capital was named after George Washington and him. Conversely, among the Native Americans and indigenous tribes who suffered epidemics and enslavement at the hands of the European settlers, Columbus is widely portrayed as an archvillain.
Author(s): Elbridge Brooks
ISBN 13: 9781508635673
Pages: 42
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Title: Columbus & Cortez, Conquerors For Christ

Author(s): John Eidsmoe
ISBN 13: 9780892212231
Pages: 308
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Title: Last Voyage of Columbus: Being the Epic Tale of the Great Captain's Fourth Expedition, Including Accounts of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Discovery

<p class="null1">The Year is 1500. Christopher Columbus, stripped of his title Admiral of the Ocean Seas, waits in chains in a Caribbean prison built under his orders, looking out at the colony that he founded, nurtured, and ruled for eight years. Less than a decade after discovering the New World, he has fallen into disgrace, accused by the royal court of being a liar, a secret Jew, and a foreigner who sought to steal the riches of the New World for himself. The tall, freckled explorer with the aquiline nose, whose flaming red hair long ago turned gray, passes his days in prayer and rumination, trying to ignore the waterfront gallows that are all too visible from his cell. And he plots for one great escape, one last voyage to the ends of the earth, one final chance to prove himself. What follows is one of history's most epic-and forgotten-adventures. Columbus himself would later claim that his fourth voyage was his greatest. It was without doubt his most treacherous. Of the four ships he led into the unknown, none returned. Columbus would face the worst storms a European explorer had ever encountered. He would battle to survive amid mutiny, war, and a shipwreck that left him stranded on a desert isle for almost a year. On his tail were his enemies, sent from Europe to track him down. In front of him: the unknown. Martin Dugard's thrilling account of this final voyage brings Columbus to life as never before-adventurer, businessman, father, lover, tyrant, and hero.</p>
Author(s): Martin Dugard
ISBN 13: 9780316154567
Pages: 322
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Title: Christopher Columbus and the Conquest of Paradise

Author(s): Kirkpatrick Sale
ISBN 13: 9781845111540
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Title: Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe

Ferdinand Magellan's daring circumnavigation of the globe in the sixteenth century was a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure. Now in Over the Edge of the World, acclaimed author Laurence Bergreen, interweaving a variety of candid, first-person accounts, some previously unavailable in English, brings to life this groundbreaking and majestic tale of discovery that changed many long-held views about the world and the way explorers would henceforth navigate its oceans.

In 1519 Magellan and his fleet set sail from Seville, Spain, to find a water route to the Spice Islands in Indonesia, where the most sought-after commodities -- cloves, pepper, and nutmeg -- flourished. Most important, they were looking for a passageway, a strait, through the great landmass of the Americas that would lead them to these fabled islands. Laurence Bergreen takes readers on board with Magellan and his crew as they explore, navigate, mutiny, suffer, and die across the seas. He also recounts the many unusual sexual practices the crew experienced, from orgies in Brazil to bizarre customs in the South Pacific. With a fleet of five ships and more than two hundred men, they had set out in search of the Spice Islands. Three years later they returned with an abundance of spices from their intended destination, but with just one ship carrying eighteen emaciated men. They suffered starvation, disease, and torture, and many died, including Magellan, who was killed in a fierce battle.

A man of great tenacity, cunning, and courage, Magellan was full of contradictions. He was both heroic and foolish, insightful yet blind, a visionary whose instincts outran his ideals. Ambitious to a fault and not above using torture and murder to maintain control of his ships and sailors, he survived innumerable natural hazards in addition to several violent mutinies aboard his own fleet -- and it took no less than the massed forces of fifteen hundred men to kill him.

This is the first time in nearly half a century that anyone has attempted to narrate the complete story of Magellan's unprecedented circumnavigation of the globe -- to tell this truly gripping and profoundly important story of heroism, discovery, and disaster. A voyage into history, a tour of the world emerging from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance, an anthropological account of tribes, languages, and customs unknown to Europeans, and a chronicle of a desperate grab for commercial and political power, Over the Edge of the World is a captivating tale that rivals the most exciting thriller fiction.

Author(s): Laurence Bergreen
ISBN 13: 9780060936389
Pages: 512
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Title: Christopher Columbus

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Author(s): Clark B. Hinckley
ISBN 13: 9781609079208
Pages: 276
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Title: Christopher Columbus

Read the fascinating story of "Christopher Columbus" as told in this classic by Mildred Stapley Byne.
Author(s): Mildred Stapley Byne
ISBN 13: 9781449964597
Pages: 110
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Title: Christopher Columbus: Adventurer of Faith and Courage

Author(s): Bennie Rhodes
ISBN 13: 9780915134267
Pages: 146
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Title: The Four Voyages

Columbus's discovery of America counts as perhaps the greatest gamble of all time. His own account, however self-serving, brings us as close as we will ever get to the sheer excitement of unfolding events.
Author(s): Christopher Columbus
ISBN 13: 9780140442175
Pages: 320
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Title: The Life of Columbus

Author(s): Arthur Helps
ISBN 13: 9781533200969
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Title: The Life of Christopher Columbus

From the Preface: "This book contains a life of Columbus, written with the hope of interesting all classes of readers...According to the custom of biographers, in that time and since, he includes in those volumes the whole history of the West India islands, for the period after Columbus discovered them till his death. He also thinks it his duty to include much of the history of Spain and of the Spanish court. I do not myself believe that it is wise to attempt, in a book of biography, so considerable a study of the history of the time. Whether it be wise or not, I have not attempted it in this book. I have rather attempted to follow closely the personal fortunes of Christopher Columbus, and, to the history around him, I have given only such space as seemed absolutely necessary for the illustration of those fortunes."
Author(s): Edward Everett Hale
ISBN 13: 9781534973244
Pages: 102
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Title: Columbus

Kindle MatchBook - Buy the print version and get the Kindle book free! No event in human history has changed the world more than the Columbian Exchange, the melding of the “Old” and “New” Worlds initiated by Christopher Columbus’s famous voyage. It opened a new era of global trade, largely depopulated and then repopulated two continents, and began a transfer of plant and animal life that literally changed the face of the planet. Yet the decidedly mixed blessings of this exchange—and Columbus’s undeniable violence and greed—make him the most hotly debated figure in American history. In this compact narrative biography, Alexander Kennedy drills through centuries of controversy to rediscover the man beneath, a Genoese weaver’s son whose audacity led him to define an era. Backed by equally audacious monarchs, Columbus leads an expedition to the Americas, fueled as more by his iron will than by wisdom. But when his cruelty to both Spanish colonists and indigenous peoples leaves his reputation in tatters, the remaining years of Columbus’s life become a desperate quest to restore his lost honors. Here Kennedy gives us Columbus in all his complexity: the hero, the monster, and the man.... "By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.” - Christopher Columbus
Author(s): Alexander Kennedy
ISBN 13: 9781536925456
Pages: 100
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Title: Christopher Columbus and the Discovery of the New World

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Author(s): Josephine Pollard
ISBN 13: 9780970561886
Pages: ooks#volumes"
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Title: Christopher Columbus, Mariner

Author(s): Samuel Eliot Morison
ISBN 13: 9780451619921
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Title: Christopher Columbus

Author(s): Samuel Eliot Morison
ISBN 13: 9780452009929
Pages: 160
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Title: Meet Christopher Columbus

When Christopher Columbus was young, he worked for his father making cloth. But he did not want to be a cloth-maker all his life. He wanted to see new lands and have adventures. He wanted to be a sailor! By the time he was 25, Christopher had sailed to France, Africa, and Greece. He had seen strange cities and had many adventures. But his greatest adventure would come when he set out for China and found a whole new world instead.
Author(s): James T. de Kay
ISBN 13: 9780375812101
Pages: 80
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Title: Christopher Columbus

Author(s): Ann McGovern, James Watling
ISBN 13: 9780590457651
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Title: Christopher Columbus and the New World of His Discovery Complete

This collection of literature attempts to compile many classics that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.
Author(s): Filson Young
ISBN 13: 9781518694813
Pages: 146
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Title: Christopher Columbus

Long before he made his fateful crossing of the Atlantic, Christopher Columbus learned his seamanship as a young man in the Mediterranean and then in the service of the King of Portugal.
Author(s): Ernle Bradford
ISBN 13: 9781497637849
Pages: 264
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Title: Christopher Columbus

Author(s): Rae Bains
ISBN 13: 9780816701513
Pages: 32
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