Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Columbus: The Four Voyages

Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504 by Laurence Bergreen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a solid biography about Columbus and I learned a lot. I didn't know he went on four voyages, nor did I understand how skilled he was in navigation and survival skills, but not particularly a leader. Bergreen hammers home the idea that Columbus never fully understood where he was but always thought China was just around the corner. It is sad to read about the violence that the Spanish inflicted on the native Americans and the greed that drove them. But it was interesting to read about this flawed but gifted man and his struggles with the Indians, with his men, and with himself.

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