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Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus Paperback – October 12, 1991
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First off, let me say that the book is well worth reading. Morison was a man of the sea himself and he sailed in the same waters as Columbus. We see in the book how Columbus was a master seaman as well as being a great salesman, but on the other hand he was a poor geographer and even worse politician. The Portuguese were right in turning down his proposal for the Enterprise of the Indies, their geographers knew that Columbus was way off the mark regarding the distance from Europe to East Asia. In any event, they were making good progress down Africa and they felt it was just a matter of time until they found the bottom of the continent and the entrance to the Indian Ocean.
I would now like to address the change in fortune for Columbus's reputation.
(1) People now like to say that he didn't "discover" America. One reason is because there were already people (the American Indians) there, but that is simply world-games. Of course he "discovered" it, no one in Europe or Asia knew about it, and the Indians didn't know about Europe or Asia either. Secondly, the fact that Columbus wasn't necessarily the first to cross the Atlantic doesn't change anything. The Vikings who reached North America simply viewed it as another Arctic land and had no idea of the geographical relationship of this new continent to the rest of the world. In any event, they didn't exploit their discovery in the long run, only Columbus's voyage led to that.Read more ›
I was amazed to find that Columbus truly felt that he had a divine commission and duty to voyage as he did, and much of the negativity I have heard from him now seems to be unsubstantiated attacks, completely ignoring the facts involved.
I respect the man more now than I did, and I think that people might find that much of what we hear about early discovery and colonialism in the Americas has been distorted and the negative attributed to people who do not deserve it.
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Could not finish the book. Pages were missing and the print quality was bad. Amazon quickly send a second copy of the book - which had the same bad print quality and was missing... Read morePublished 25 days ago by RetiredAccountant
the book i recieved is nice but not what was pictured in its ad in a gre silver "leather" cover! Read morePublished 6 months ago by thomas j. hannigan
I was interested in navigational aspects but it has much more (maybe too much!)Published 16 months ago by Robert A. Pendergrass
An exceptional work about a dreamer who unknowingly succeeded.Published 18 months ago by Inca Ruler
Admiral justifiably was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. It was well-researched and competently presented. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Gerald B. Keane
An excellent account of his several voyages. Well documented.Published 19 months ago by Gus Luparelli