Christopher Columbus discovers what will later be called “America”

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Historical Context Essay

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 12: Global Voices, Global Histories: World Literatures and Cultures.

Christopher Columbus is conventionally regarded as a hero of the Western world, and certainly he deserves fame for his successes as a navigator and tenacity as an expedition leader. However, anyone who reads the History of the Indies by Bartholmé de las Casas (1474-1566), or his Short Account of the Destruction of the Indians, 1542, must find such admiration conditioned by the horrible consequences of Columbus's discovery. Columbus was bent on finding a Western route from Europe to the East Indies, and the lure for himself and for his backers in Spain, notably King Ferdinand a…

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Clark, Robert. "Christopher Columbus discovers what will later be called “America”". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 February 2008
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