Christopher Columbus Collection (3 vols.)•
Hakluyt Society, David McKay 1870–1893
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The Christopher Columbus Collection offers a compelling and comprehensive portrait of this intriguing historical figure. Details of his life and voyages are drawn from his own writings and from the biography written by Washington Irving, which was the bestselling Columbus text for over 100 years.
In this collection, you will find detailed descriptions of Columbus’ early life, his four historic voyages, his difficulties with the Spanish monarchs, and his final years. You will read accounts of his governance of the West Indies, as well as tales of tyranny, mutinies, and wars. You will also learn about his removal from power and his struggle to gain compensation for his discoveries. This collection contains a wealth of information on one of history’s most controversial explorers, and it’s an excellent choice for those interested in this crucial period of history.
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- Firsthand accounts of Christopher Columbus’ life and achievements
- Two volumes by noted American literary figure Washington Irving
- A historic Italian poem that was recited throughout Florence to announce the discovery of the New World
- Select Letters of Christopher Columbus, with Other Original Documents Relating to the Four Voyages to the New World, 2nd ed. by Christopher Columbus and Richard Henry Major
- The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, revised ed., vol. 1 by Washington Irving
- The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, revised ed., vol. 2 by Washington Irving
- Title: Christopher Columbus Collection
- Volumes: 3
- Pages: 1,462
About Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus (1450–1506) was an Italian navigator and explorer. He led four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean, initiating the European colonization of North and South America, and he had a tremendous impact on the development of the modern Western world. While he conducted his voyages for the interests of the Spanish Crown, Columbus himself characterized his voyages as being for the purpose of spreading Christianity. He was appointed viceroy and governor of the Indies, but was removed from power in 1500 due to reports of tyranny and incompetence as a governor. Despite many obstacles, he continued to explore until his health failed. He engaged in legal battles with the Spanish Crown over compensation for his discoveries, but was ultimately refused. He wrote Book of Privileges in 1502 and Book of Prophecies in 1505.