The Life of the Admiral Christopher Columbus: by his Son Ferdinand

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Descriptions : DIV The cornerstone of the history of the American continent Washington Irving This revised edition originally published in of the famous biography of Columbus by his son Ferdinand was published to coincide with the Columbus quincentenary celebrations Benjamin Keen s introduction traces the changing assessments of Columbus and his Discovery over almost five centuries as reflected in the writings of historians other social scientists novelists and poets and shows how these assessments were influenced by varying political social and intellectual conditions Keen has also revised his translation and notes to reflect new information and viewpoints Ferdinand s book is a moving and personal document Provoked in part by the Spanish Crown s attempts to diminish Columbus s role as discoverer it reveals the restrained emotions of a loving son jealous of his father s honor Ferdinand had access to all of his father s papers At the age of thirteen he accompanied Columbus on the last voyage and participated in many of the events he relates here The narrative has the irrestible excitement of an adventure story shipwreck storms and battles with mutineers or Indians Ferdinand s imaginative insight into the many faceted personality of the discoverer and his artistry with words make this biography as Henry Vignaud has said the most important of our sources of information on the life of the discoverer of America Benjamin Keen is Professor Emeritus of Latin American history at Northern Illinois University He is the author of The Aztec Image in Western Thought Rutgers University Press and many other books div










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