The Four Voyages: Being His Own Log-Book, Letters and Dispatches with Connecting Narratives

The Four Voyages Being His Own Log Book Letters and Dispatches with Connecting Narratives The Admiral was quite certain that they were near land He promised to give a silk doublet to the first sailor who should report it No gamble in history has been momentous than the landfall of Columbus

  • Title: The Four Voyages: Being His Own Log-Book, Letters and Dispatches with Connecting Narratives
  • Author: Cristoforo Colombo
  • ISBN: 9780140442175
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Admiral was quite certain that they were near land He promised to give a silk doublet to the first sailor who should report it No gamble in history has been momentous than the landfall of Columbus s ship the Santa Maria in the Americas in 1492 an event that paved the way for the conquest of a New World The accounts collected here provide a vivid narrativ The Admiral was quite certain that they were near land He promised to give a silk doublet to the first sailor who should report it No gamble in history has been momentous than the landfall of Columbus s ship the Santa Maria in the Americas in 1492 an event that paved the way for the conquest of a New World The accounts collected here provide a vivid narrative of his voyages throughout the Caribbean and finally to the mainland of Central America, although he still believed he had reached Asia Columbus himself is revealed as a fascinating and contradictory figure, fluctuating from awed enthusiasm to paranoia and eccentric geographical speculation Prey to petty quarrels with his officers, his pious desire to bring Christian civilization to savages matched by his rapacity for gold, Columbus was nonetheless an explorer and seaman of staggering vision and achievement.For than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators.

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    Christopher Columbus c 1451 1506 was a Genoese navigator, colonizer and explorer whose voyages across the Atlantic Ocean led to general European awareness of the American continents in the Western Hemisphere Although not the first to reach the Americas from Europe he was preceded by the Norse, led by Leif Ericson, who built a temporary settlement 500 years earlier at L Anse aux Meadows Columbus initiated widespread contact between Europeans and indigenous Americans With his four voyages of discovery and several attempts at establishing a settlement on the island of Hispaniola, all funded by Queen Isabella of Spain, he initiated the process of Spanish colonization which foreshadowed general European colonization of the New World The term pre Columbian is usually used to refer to the peoples and cultures of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus and his European successors His initial 1492 voyage came at a critical time of growing national imperialism and economic competition between developing nation states seeking wealth from the establishment of trade routes and colonies In this sociopolitical climate, Columbus s far fetched scheme won the attention of Queen Isabella of Spain Severely underestimating the circumference of the Earth, he estimated that a westward route from Iberia to the Indies would be shorter and direct than the overland trade route through Arabia If true, this would allow Spain entry into the lucrative spice trade heretofore commanded by the Arabs and Italians Following his plotted course, he instead landed within the Bahamas Archipelago at a locale he named San Salvador Mistaking the North American island for the East Asian mainland, he referred to its inhabitants as Indios.Academic consensus is that Columbus was born in Genoa, though there are other theories The name Christopher Columbus is the Anglicisation of the Latin Christophorus Columbus The original name in 15th century Genoese language was Christoffa Corombo The name is rendered in modern Italian as Cristoforo Colombo, in Portuguese as Crist v o Colombo formerly Christovam Colom , and in Spanish as Crist bal Col n.The anniversary of Columbus s 1492 landing in the Americas is observed as Columbus Day on October 12 in Spain and throughout the Americas, except that in the United States it is observed on the second Monday in October.


  • I was dreading this book at first - Christopher Columbus has always reminded me of having to learn boring, heroic stories of early Americans in middle school. But by the first few pages of this I was completely engaged, then increasingly obsessed. I can't believe this guy! First, he lies to his crew about how far they're going. They think they're going to be on the sea for a few weeks and then get to China or India or somewhere thereabouts. Umwrong. Columbus realizes the journey is going to take [...]

  • An excellent translated collation of Columbus's adventures into the unknown. You can't get much more fantastically real than the schemes, scrapes and discoveries that emerged from his fertile beliefs, nor meet a greater example of skill shaking hands with serendipity. Here be monsters, heads in honey baskets, and clouds that impersonate islands for days at a time. Locals heave armoured tortoises from their comfort zone with nothing but remora fish, stranded sailors eat last meal after last meal, [...]

  • This book has been on my bucket list for 10 years! I finally buckled down and read it in a day. I skimmed over the introductory chapters and went straight for Columbus's daily journal. Although much has been said about Columbus being only gold-hungry, and although I found many references to his search for gold, there was never a mean bone in this good man's body. His heart was set on getting to know the natives and learning to communicate with them. He references divine providence often and feel [...]

  • Golden conquest, exotic spices, the allure of trade, colonization and Christian conversion were the heart of Spanish interests in the exploration of the western Atlantic. Christopher Columbus was the master-mind behind this endeavor. A man of many mistakes, failures, and misconceptions, he was also the driving force of determination and conviction that convinced endorsement of his proposals by the King and Queen of Spain. The documented voyages of Columbus and his quest to discover a western rou [...]

  • There is a whole lot to Christopher Columbus and his 4 voyages. His trips were packed with danger, his crew (staffed with criminals, and get rich quick seekers) was constantly threatening mutiny and rebellion, they all nearly died countless times from starvation and thirst, and were attacked by various natives only to be saved by a miracle.Much more than what you were taught in elementary school, nor as simple, cruel, or stupid as certain revisionists make him out to be. Recommended for anyone i [...]

  • Definitely interesting. A figure I’ve heard about my whole life but on which I’d never read a primary source. It dispels much of the ire against him, in my opinion. It was also interesting reading this in close juxtaposition with a scifi novel about interstellar space travel. What he did was not all that different.

  • This is an essential collection of various documents, which are oftentimes horrifying. I'm never happy with the notation system Penguin uses.

  • Columbus's own journal of the first (of his four) journeys to the "New World." Extremely interesting primary source.

  • You probably know the story of Columbus, right? How he sailed to the new world with three ships: the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. That he was looking for a trade route to the Far East and thought he landed somewhere in India. Maybe you know he went on four voyages and that he was a strange guy.But there's a lot more to him than what's commonly assumed. If you want the full story, or least a first-hand look at Columbus the man and what it was like to travel with him, The Four Voyages is a great p [...]

  • Although Columbus is listed as the author, this book contains a great deal of writing from his son, Hernando, as well as letters and histories from others who had a first-hand account of events. From Columbus' own log book, we soon learn about his strengths and (very many) failings. He is an expert navigator with the gall to pull off an almost suicidal voyage. Unfortunately, he's also a dreadful commander of men, sickly to the point of almost being an invalid by 1504, obsessed with the idea that [...]

  • This fantastic book documents Columbus' log from his first journey to the Americas (which he thought was India). Not only this, the Introduction discusses the primary source material available about this momentous journey. A sepia map on pg 75-76 provides a visual of Columbus' voyage (teachers may want to print this out and ask children to follow along/ label as they read, or use a regular map). The later part accounts the first two days of the journey, and the book begins and ends with text of [...]

  • Go to the source. Let Columbus speak for himself. And learn from the commentary by translator and Columbus scholar Robert H. Fuson. The Prologue contains 3 chapters about the log, the man, and the ships. Then you can read the log translation itself, day by tedious day. Not a lot of exciting reading, but then Columbus wasn't trying to write a bestseller. He was reporting, as a sailor would, his travels and discoveries for the benefit of his sponsors, the "Sovereigns of Castile." Often he addresse [...]

  • You think you know the story of Columbus, but if you're not thinking of shipwrecks, mutinies, pure blue waters and peaceful harbors, cannibalism, castrati, shamanism, rebellion, the initial (?) outbreak of syphilis, violent storms, getting marooned on Jamaica, wild speculation about the shape of the Earth being like a pear or "a woman's nipple," and Columbus being sent home to Spain in chains, then you don't know the story of Columbus as he, his son, and a few contemporaries told it.Sure, the bi [...]

  • I'm going to write about some of the books I read all or part of in researching my own book on the science of taste and culinary history (Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat tastybook). I read significant portions of this translation of Columbus's log from his first voyage, looking for insights into his "discovery" of the chili pepper (which he named pimiento, or "pepper," though it's not related to black pepper). This was a significant event: he brought chilies back to Spain, and from the [...]

  • As an historical document, this is invaluable. For better or worse, the North American continent has shaped the history of the world as we know it. Of course, this little volume doesn't exactly analyze that, but this is where everything began. If you have even the scantiest historical context for this material, it will be at least moderately compelling.Taken on its own, it's rather less enthralling. Columbus was not a writer, nor did he set out to write an artful work of prose. This is dry recor [...]

  • The account of the first voyage is mostly Columbus going on about how pretty the islands are and sailing from place to place trying to find gold. You actually have to pay some attention to notice that he's kidnapping people along the way and saying really awful things. It's like this: However, should your Highnesses command it all the inhabitants could be taken away to Castile or held as slaves on the island, for with fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we wish. Moreo [...]

  • I've read lots of descriptions of Columbus's discovery of the New World, but I wanted to finally go straight to the source itself. I was somewhat prepared, although still horrified, for the descriptions of the nearly instantaneous enslavement, kidnapping, sexual assault, and plunder of the Arawak, Carib, and other native people. I was surprised, however, by some of the more humorous elements, including Columbus's belief that the earth was shaped "like a woman's nipple", one of the native fishing [...]

  • The Four Voyages is a patchwork quilt of narrative voices combined to give some sort of a throughline of the famous explorer's journeys to the new world. I think at least half of the book is from Columbus' journal. There are multiple fascinating cultural encounters; it's amazing to watch two unknown peoples meet and react to each other.There is much tragedy, especially for the native population, though just about all of the crew that stayed between voyages one and two died. Whatever he is, Colum [...]

  • This is a great book! It's accounts of all four of Columbus' voyages from his son and the official historian who knew Columbus. Even though, Columbus' actual logs have been lost to history, these two men quote him a lot so it's almost like he wrote it himself. It's cool to see what actually happened on those voyages that began America as we know it. The best part to me is discovering how inept Christopher Columbus really was as an explorer. It is more and more clear to me that God truly inspired [...]

  • Fascinating detective work in defining Columbuse's own daily log as he went around the Carribean claimimg islands, hence deducting the actual stops with impressions of the new castilian subjects at each landfall.One big, big drawback with this book, is that the maps are so poor to follow with the log. The maps and images are too filled in with black (not cleaned) to be of any use to the reader. The cartographic areas selected are too small with lots and lots of empty space to fill plus the annot [...]

  • Los diarios/bitácoras de los viajes de Colón a las Américas son documentos históricos de primera mano para adentrarnos en esta parte de la Historia del Mundo. Estos nos llevan a bordo de la "Pinta", la "Niña" y la "Santa María" en busca de nuevas tierras. Llenos de curiosidades, estos relatos dan cuenta de los cuatro viajes que el Almirante Colón hizo hacia el Nuevo Mundo. Paisajes, primeros contactos con los nativos americanos y vivencias de estos viajes son los que llenan estas páginas [...]

  • A very good book. We know who Christopher Columbus is and ehat he did. These entries give us the "how." His character seemed to change with each mission. I guess I thought he discovered America one day, took a look around and went back home. Instead he had a mission and carried it out accordingly. He met barriers in communication, hostility (on and off the ships), funding, proving the mission--the list goes on. How could I have beem so naieve?

  • Despite the name of the author and the title this book is niether written by Columbus nor is it about his four journeys. I found this very disappointing as the online description was vague. I was looking for the journal Columbus kept during his voyages.This book is a wealth of info. The editor uses original documents as source material. These are from the perspectives of people who knew Columbus and traveled with him.

  • It's quite interesting to read Columbus' log. The Admiral of the Ocean Sea does not come across as the demon that some would portray him. This is a journal that has one foot in the middle ages and the other in modern times. Most interesting the the account of the first contacts with the native Americans.

  • I read this in a class that discussed narratives of culture and nativism. Columbus's journey to the Americas is often told from a Euro-centric perspective, less often told from a native perspective, and rarely told from his own. These narratives are an interesting insight into his voyages into the "new world."

  • Después de leer estos textos sumamente alucinantes e inquietantes, me pregunto si todavía se celebraría el día de Cristóbal Colón con desfiles y fiestas en algunas regiones de los Estados Unidos si todos tuviéramos que leer los diarios de sus viajes.

  • Pretty amazing account. Having the guts, faith, and will to attempt what he did is incredible. It takes a special leader/captain to do what he did (even though it caused almost the ultimate extinction of the american indians)

  • Straight from the primary sourcesThis is an incredible reference from the horses mouth along with some of the horses that ride in the same pack. This book offers a lot of history that a lot of most leftist books leave out.

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