In Defense of Columbus: An Exaggerated Evil
- Published on: Sunday, December 10, 2017
Columbus is a controversial historical figure who is widely viewed as terrible. Every year we question whether we should continue to have a day to celebrate his discovery. But as with most stories, his bad deeds have been exaggerated to make him fit the role of a villain.
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Original Manuscripts and Transcripts of Columbus's Journals in Spanish, from Bartolome de las Casas:
A note on putting this into Google Translate: Since this is 500 year old Spanish, they use spellings that have changed over time.
English Translations of Columbus' Journals:
Italian Translation of Columbus' Journals:
A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies:
Delaney, C. L. (2013). Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem. London: Duckworth.
[Columbus Letter describing Terrestrial Paradise]
Holmstrom, D. (1992, October 9). Discovering Columbus After 500 Years. Christian Science Monitor.
[ARE Source: 1542 Taino Population]
Kolbert, E. (2002, October 14). The Lost Mariner. Retrieved December 01, 2017, from https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2002/10/14/the-lost-mariner
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Leardo, G. (1453). #242 The Leardo World Maps . Retrieved December 01, 2017, from http://cartographic-images.net/Cartographic_Images/242_Leardo_World_Maps.html
[World Maps Oriented with East/Paradise on Top]
Markham, C. R. (1893). The Journal of Christopher Columbus (during his first voyage 1492-93): and documents relating the voyages of John Cabot and Caspar Corte Real.
[Toscanelli Letters to Columbus]
Schilling, V. (2017, October 09). 8 Myths and Atrocities About Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day. Retrieved December 1, 2017, from https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/history/events/8-myths-and-atrocities-about-christopher-columbus-and-columbus-day/
[ARE Source: 1492 Taino Population]
Thacher, J. B. (1903). Christopher Columbus: His life, His works, His remains. New York: G.P. Putnams Sons.
[Bartolome de las Casas did not travel with Columbus]
Zerubavel, E. (2005). Terra Cognita: The Mental Discovery of America. New Brunswick, N.J: Transaction.
["Hitherto Unknown" Continent/Cuba SE of Asia]
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