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Re: Christopher Columbus
Thanks for the valuable information. Sometimes in class I challenge
students to find alternate or coinciding "other" versions of historical
times and people. Watching Peter Jennings "In Search Of Jesus" is a good
example of that kind of thought. Looking at the Holy Land from a Roman
perspective and doing archaeological "digs" to get a deeper feel for the
times is invaluable. I once did an essay on what it May have been like
for the Chinese Court to discuss Marco Polo, as all I had was his
account. Other perspectives do not always uncover anything important,
but gems appear and new ideas and heck..sometimes it is just fun. News
on Columbus as seen through the natives he met and the conversations
between mariners and scholars must have been priceless.
(P.S. I sail Dead Reckoning often as I have not the training or the
equipment to to otherwise, but I stay in sight of land *S*)
> Some interesting books about Chris and the mindset of the European world in
> the late 15th century are:
> De Vorsey, Louis. Keys to the Encounter: A Library of Congress Resource
> Guide for the Study of the Age of Discovery.
> Bedini, Silvio A. The Christopher Columbus Encyclopedia.
> William D. Phillips and Carla Rahn Phillips. The Worlds of Christopher
> I know there are lots more but these are scholarly studies of the subject.
> Parts are very interesting. Much of it is boring. Like reading Columbus'
> logs. Dead reckoning is a very boring, and somewhat inaccurate, method of
> navigation. I guess it is a wonder that old Chris hit anything, instead of
> sailing off the edge of the world :)
> He was an interesting character, and passionate about his theories. He would
> have fared much better had he employed a business manager!
> Happy reading.
> Constance Sinclair in Missouri (USA)
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