Extracts from the Journal of Christopher Columbus (Illustrated Edition)

Extracts from the Journal of Christopher Columbus (Illustrated Edition)

By Christopher Columbus

  • Category: History, Books, Europe
  • Type: ebook
  • Release Date: 2011-10-18
  • File Size: 649.45KB
  • Developer: Christopher Columbus
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Extracts from the Journal of Christopher Columbus (Illustrated Edition) Details

Though Christopher Columbus was not the first European explorer to reach the Americas, having been preceded, five centuries earlier, by the Norse expedition, led by Leif Ericson, that established the short-lived colony of Vinland in what is now Newfoundland, Columbus' voyages led to the first lasting European contact with America and inaugurated a period of European exploration and colonization of foreign lands that lasted for several centuries and had, therefore, an enormous impact in the historical development of the modern Western world. Columbus himself saw his accomplishments primarily in the light of the spreading of the Christian religion.

Columbus kept a journal on his history making voyage to the Americas, and in addition to describing the long voyage, his journal marked the first contact between the Europeans and Native Americans. From the October 12, 1492 entry in his journal he wrote of them, "Many of the men I have seen have scars on their bodies, and when I made signs to them to find out how this happened, they indicated that people from other nearby islands come to San Salvador to capture them; they defend themselves the best they can. I believe that people from the mainland come here to take them as slaves. They ought to make good and skilled servants, for they repeat very quickly whatever we say to them. I think they can very easily be made Christians, for they seem to have no religion. If it pleases our Lord, I will take six of them to Your Highnesses when I depart, in order that they may learn our language." He remarked that their lack of modern weaponry and even metal-forged swords or pikes was a tactical vulnerability, writing, "I could conquer the whole of them with 50 men, and govern them as I pleased." 

This edition of the extracts from Columbus’ journal is illustrated and specially formatted.

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