Columbus in the Americas

Columbus in the Americas

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by William Least Heat-Moon
     
 

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A stirring tale of adventure and tragedy

"They brought balls of spun cotton and parrots and javelins and other little things that it would be tiresome to write down, and they gave everything for anything that was given to them. I was attentive and labored to find out if there was any gold."

With these portentous words, Christopher Columbus described one

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A stirring tale of adventure and tragedy

"They brought balls of spun cotton and parrots and javelins and other little things that it would be tiresome to write down, and they gave everything for anything that was given to them. I was attentive and labored to find out if there was any gold."

With these portentous words, Christopher Columbus described one of his first encounters with Native Americans on the island of Guanahani, which he had named San Salvador and claimed for Spain the day before. In Columbus in the Americas, bestselling author William Least Heat-Moon reveals that Columbus's subsequent dealings with the cultures he encountered not only did considerable immediate harm, but also set the pattern of behavior for those who followed him.

Based on the logbook of Columbus and numerous other firsthand accounts of his four voyages to the New World, this vividly detailed history also examines the strengths and weaknesses of Columbus as a navigator, explorer, and leader. It recounts dramatic events such as the destruction of Fortress Navidad, the very first European settlement in the New World; a pitched battle in northern Panama with the native Guaymi people; and an agonizing year Columbus and his men spent marooned on a narrow spit of land in southern Jamaica.

Filled with stories of triumph and tragedy, courage and villainy, Columbus in the Americas offers a balanced yet unflinching portrait of the most famous and controversial explorer in history.

TURNING POINTS features preeminent writers offering fresh, personal perspectives on the defining events of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118039663
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
12/22/2010
Series:
Turning Points in History , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
437,088
File size:
614 KB

Meet the Author

WILLIAM LEAST HEAT-MOON is the New York Times bestselling author of Blue Highways, PrairyErth, and River-Horse. Born of English-Irish-Osage ancestry, he holds a doctorate in English and a bachelor's degree in photojournalism. Heat-Moon lives in Columbia, Missouri.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thnx for all the great comments! If you have any character suggestions, post them at res. 3 (bound) | Mink blinked open her eyes. She was stretched out on a bed of moss with her two lovely kittens beside. Their kitten fur was still silky and soft. They didn't deserve to go out into the woods for three moons, alone and scared. She longed to keep them here at her belly, until they were considered "grown" to the rouge world. The rouge clan had many barbaric traditions and customs, such as, to be leader a cat must kill or defeat the present leader. If a leader survives a challenge, but is defeated, he is exiled. <p> Mink's mate, a black, muscley tom named Bear steps in. Mink looks down and dips her head submissively, as was costum for she-cats to be submissive to their mates. Tomcats practicly ruled the clan, toms ruled over their mates, and only toms could be leaders. Toms ate before she-cats as well. Bear sniffed Falcon, who was fast asleep, and then Moon. "I think they will fare well in the woods for three moons. They just have to learn how to hunt quick enough." Mink started to explain that she didn't want her kits alone and three moons old, but was interupted by a bumptious growl. "Remember, I chose you Mink. Only speak when spoken to." He turned around, and ran back to twolegplace. Mink looked down at her precious kits. *I love you Falcon, Moon. And I always will.* she rested her head on her paws, and fell back asleep.
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