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Rivers of Gold: The Rise of the Spanish Empire, from Columbus to Magellan

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  • Posted December 16, 2008

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    Packed Full of Information, but Prone to Drag

    Being of Hispanic descent, I was drawn to this book for insight into both Spanish history and how the American continents were explored and settled: the human drama, the innovations, and the circumstances surrounding each event. It's facsinating to see how all of these factors came together to produce the very beginning of New World history as it has come to be known. The trials, tribulations, and sheer luck of both Columbus and Magellan (to take just two examples) have inspired me to read more into their individual accomplishments and challenges (I've posted two recent publications that I recommend). <BR/><BR/>The reason I've given this book 3 stars, however, is because the sheer density of the information provided causes the book to drag. It is by no means a thrilling read. I wouldn't go so far as to calling it a reference or textbook, but it is close. Do not pick up this book expecting a action-packed beachside summer read, but rather a detailed description of historical events.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Columbus' voyages as never told before. Should be required text

    Columbus' voyages as never told before. Should be required textbook for America/Latin America history!

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

    Great piece of history

    This book is totally fascinating and keeps you fixed to it thrue the reading . This is a must for anyone iterested in hispanic history and the discovery of the conquistadores

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  • Posted November 19, 2008

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    It takes you back in time and you feel you are transfixed and spellbound by irresistible well-described and documented events. <BR/><BR/>You will discover that the people who immigrated to what is now USA and Canada, have decided to stay for good, whereas those who went to South America only sought Gold which they brought back home (to Spain and Portugal), when in power. <BR/><BR/>You will also discover that those who decided to 'stay for good', although ruled by politicians of indifferent and competitive stature, were not lacking the supreme quality needed at the time - the courage and the quest for adventure. <BR/><BR/>Despite myriads of challenges, they preferred to hold fast to their adopted new 'Home Countries' by encouraging their people to follow their steps and migrate. <BR/><BR/>North America was different. <BR/>It was approached in an illusion. The morality of the occupants declined that no obstacle was interposed to personal hatred and the bulk was oblivious to the gravity of cannibals of 'Cariban' origin. <BR/><BR/>Perhaps one drawback is this: The book gives us the impression that the ethnic population was virtually 'robbed'.

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