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Columbus: For Gold, God and Glory: In Search of the Real Christopher Columbus Hardcover – October 15, 1991


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (October 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671687913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671687915
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,121,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
An Excellent reference - based on good research work, some of it carried out by Dr. Luis Coin Cuenca of the
University of Cadiz. I first read it in February 1993 and still refer to it now and again.
It covers earlier European voyages to the Americas, Vikings but NOT St Brendan's Irish voyage to Greenland etc, circa 570 AD.
Nor to speak does it cover the undiscoverd maps or puertolanos passed down from generation to generation of the Basque Cod fishing grounds located between Iceland and North America.
It also covers Colon's earlier voyages along the coast Africa and northern Europe and the very interesting clues that existed of another continent in the west atlantique. Interestingly it
does mention a mysterious map or puertolano in the initial voyage.
However it is Eurocentric and neglects to mention the great Arab explorers nor the voyages of Asian (Chineese, Polyanesian and ? Australian aborigines- whose remains were found in-Cien Fuegos-Chile & Brazil 3 years ago) to the North American continent.
Other interesting tales of discovery are 'the Adventures of Ibn Battuta' by ross Dunn ISBN: 0520067436
and the voyages of discovery of 'Pytheas the Greek' by Barry Cunliffe ISBN: 0713995092
Naoise@nkoh.demon.co.uk
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Domenico Rosa on December 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This disgraceful book revives the 500-year-old yarn that Columbus possessed a secret map. According to one version of this yarn, this map was drawn around 1477 by the pilot of a Portuguese ship, which was swept across the Atlantic Ocean by a fierce storm. The storm carried the pilot to the West Indies and back to the Madeira Islands, where Columbus lived. Supposedly, Columbus acquired the map when the pilot died. In 1492 Columbus retraced the route on this map to reach the West Indies.

This legend is discussed in many books, and some authors refer to it as "the story of the Unknown Pilot." The yarn was concocted to discredit Columbus and to minimize the importance of his voyage.

The "Unknown Pilot" legend was first published in 1535 by Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo. After relating various versions of the yarn, Oviedo wrote, "As for me, I hold it to be false."

On page 62 of "Admiral of the Ocean Sea," Samuel Eliot Morison wrote: "Certain modern pundits ... snap at this Tale of an Ancient Mariner and swallow it, hook, line and sinker." This is a perfect description of Luis Coin Cuenca, who is featured in this book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Domenico Rosa on December 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This disgraceful book revives the 500-year-old yarn that Columbus possessed a secret map. According to one version of this yarn, this map was drawn around 1477 by the pilot of a Portuguese ship, which was swept across the Atlantic Ocean by a fierce storm. The storm carried the pilot to the West Indies and back to the Madeira Islands, where Columbus lived. Supposedly, Columbus acquired the map when the pilot died. In 1492 Columbus retraced the route on this map to reach the West Indies.

This legend is discussed in many books, and some authors refer to it as "the story of the Unknown Pilot." The yarn was concocted to discredit Columbus and to minimize the importance of his voyage.

The "Unknown Pilot" legend was first published in 1535 by Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo. After relating various versions of the yarn, Oviedo wrote, "As for me, I hold it to be false."

On page 62 of "Admiral of the Ocean Sea," Samuel Eliot Morison wrote: "Certain modern pundits ... snap at this Tale of an Ancient Mariner and swallow it, hook, line and sinker." This is a perfect description of Luis Coin Cuenca, who is featured in this book.
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