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Columbus, the great adventure

his life, his times, and his voyages

1st American ed.

Published by Orion Books in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

Paolo Emilio Taviani, Europe's foremost expert on Columbus, here distills his four-volume scholarly study of the navigator into a rich, highly readable biography for the general reader. Taviani presents Columbus's life with the pace of a novel while putting the man in the context of his extraordinary times. A contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci, a few years older than Henry VIII, Christopher Columbus changed their world more than any man since Jesus. Taviani gives us a sketch of Columbus's Europe and shows how Columbus's skill as a sailor (nurtured in his hometown of Genoa, then the world's premier port) joined with his deep religious faith (steeped in the Franciscan tradition), and led him to confront the mystery of the antipodes, which remained a subject of dread and superstition to his fellow men. - Jacket flap.

Table of Contents

Genoa : the spell of the sea
Columbus's cultural roots
Chios : the spell of the Orient
Portugal
Iceland and the lost discovery of the Norsemen
Lisbon, marriage, and Porto Santo
Master of the Atlantic
Reaching East by sailing West : a new way of thinking
Scientific support : Toscanelli
The proposed plan refused by the king of Portugal
Spain : Father Marchena
The consolation of Beatriz de Arana
Desperation
All wishes granted
Gomera, womb of America
The first ocean crossing
San Salvador : the first encounter
"Asia"
Discoveries in the new lands
The peoples of the new lands
The myth of gold
Shipwreck
Discovery of the route home
Mockery and triumph
The second voyage
Tragedy
The gold mine
Exploration of Cuba and Jamaica and misfortunes at La Isabela
War and slavery
Humiliating return to Spain
The Treaty of Tordesillas, Ferrer, Vespucci, and preparation for the third voyage
"Another world"
A mysterious intuition
Coup d'etat at Santo Domingo
To complete the uncompleted : the fourth voyage
Ciriqui : the shattered dream
Veragua : gold and Coca
Santa Gloria
The last crossing and death
Columbus the man, protagonist in the Great Undertaking
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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-266) and index.
Translation of: La meravigliosa avventura di Cristoforo Colombo.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
970.01/5
Library of Congress
E111 .T23 1991

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
vii, 273 p. :
Number of pages
273
Dimensions
24 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL1533618M
Internet Archive
columbusgreatadv00tavi
ISBN 10
0517584743
ISBN 13
9780517584743
LC Control Number
91011358
OCLC/WorldCat
23216969
Library Thing
2417703
Goodreads
2572214
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