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Heat Moon, William Least
Columbus, Christopher.; America - Discovery and exploration - Spanish.; Biography.
"Was Christopher Columbus an inspired explorer and brilliant navigator whose daring voyages proved the naysayers wrong - or was he a misinformed dreamer who succeeded by luck and never understood the true nature of his discovery? Was he a man of his time whose behavior should not be judged by modern standards - or a ruthless conquistador whose brutality and greed shocked even some of his contemporaries and laid the groundwork for genocide?" "In Columbus in the Americas, the author of Blue Highways and River-Horse creates a finely detailed portrait of the most famous and controversial explorer in history. Quoting liberally from what remains of Columbus's logs and other firsthand accounts, William Least Heat-Moon takes you aboard the three tiny vessels as they set out on the voyage that would change the world forever. He recreates the anxiety of their first Atlantic crossing, explains the errors in Columbus's belief that he could reach the Far East by sailing west, and gives detailed accounts of his dealings with the Tainos, the first Native Americans Columbus met."--Jacket.
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