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Columbus sailed the ocean(s) blue!

Next Monday October 10, 2011 the main library and branches will be closed to commemorate Columbus Day. Why not spend the day perusing books about Christopher Columbus’s voyages?

The library has two new books about Columbus’s impact on the New World:

Columbus: the four voyages by Laurence Bergreen (2011)

Bergreen tells the exciting story of all four voyages, a narrative with castaways, mutineers, shipwrecks, and warfare, that shows Columbus to be vain and naive. Columbus believed that titles gave him legitimacy and authority, only to discover that what power he had quickly evaporated with each successive voyage. Even Isabella I, who had been Columbus’s primary patron in the Spanish court, on her deathbed rejected his efforts to secure funding for a fifth voyage. (Library Journal)

1493: uncovering the new world Columbus created by Charles C. Mann (2011)

The author explores the so-called Columbian Exchange, the era of contact between Old World and New World. Native American populations were decimated by the introduction of diseases to which they had no antibodies. Ecosystems around the world were transformed by the exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. World trade was impacted as New World wealth altered economies around the world. Africa was particularly affected, as Africans began selling other Africans to serve as a workforce for Europeans in the Americas. (Library Journal)

Other titles in our collection:

The last voyage of Columbus: being the epic tale of the great captain’s fourth expedition, including accounts of swordfight, mutiny, shipwreck, gold, war, hurricane, and discovery by Martin Dugard. (2005)

Call # 970.015 DUG

Dugard’s compelling account of European history in the concluding years of the 15th century is chock-full of the intrigue and manipulation that underscored various monarchies’ race to control the world. Columbus is presented as a man of courage and perseverance who unwittingly became caught up in the various treacheries of the more political players around him. Along with Columbus and his family, Dugard introduces readers to such contemporaries as Vasco da Gama, Amerigo Vespucci, and Alonso de Ojeda. (School Library Journal)

Christopher Columbus was Portuguese!  by Manuel Luciano da Silva, Sílvia Jorge da Silva ; editor, Nelson D. Martins. (2008)

Call # 970.015 SIL

The authors maintain that Columbus never used that name in his writings. He used the name Colon. They point to medical and scientific data they believe proves that Colon was a pseudonym for Salvador Fernandes Zarco. (Book summary)

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