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The Four Voyages of Columbus

Monday, October 10, 2011

Laurence Bergreen gives an account of Christopher Columbus, whose 1492 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in and his unexpected landfall in the Americas is a watershed event in world history. In Columbus: The Four Voyages, he looks at the three later voyages Columbus made searching for a route to China.

Guests:

Laurence Bergreen

Comments [8]

tom from manhattan

I read a story that Chris C. was in Galway Ireland in 1477 on his travels and saw the bodies of Eskimos washing up the bay. He concluded they were from India and that India could be gotten to by sailing west

Oct. 10 2011 03:51 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

From j-grit web site:

"Luis de Torres - Jewish Explorer/Interpreter
Crew member on Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage to the New World and also the first Jew to step foot in the Americas."

"Because he was versed in Hebrew, Aramaic, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Latin and some Arabic, Columbus had thought he would be helpful upon their arrival—especially useful would be his knowledge of Hebrew and Aramaic as Columbus fully expected to encounter Asian descendants of the Last Tribes of Israel. "

Oct. 10 2011 01:17 PM
al

can you ask your the guest if he knows if any of contributions of Muslim Scientists to Discovery of the New World

Oct. 10 2011 12:56 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Muslims as well as Jews were forced to convert by the Spanish Inquisition, & both were expelled in 1492 if they didn't convert. Were any of the conversos who sailed w/Columbus converted Muslims?

And it took a moment to realize that Mr. Bergreen's reference to "the trades" meant the trade winds.

Oct. 10 2011 12:51 PM
Gene from NYC

Does Mr. Bergreen have any new insight into Columbus' discovery of "certain dried leaves," ie, tobacco?

Oct. 10 2011 12:51 PM
Gene from NYC

Does Mr. Bergreen have any new insight into Columbus' discovery of "certain dried leaves," ie, tobacco?

Oct. 10 2011 12:47 PM
john from office

The Spanish squandered the wealth they stole and it ended up in England, sparking the industrial revolution.

Oct. 10 2011 12:46 PM
Fred Plotkin from New York

Here is a link to today's "Operavore" blog post about operatic depictions of Christopher Columbus: http://www.wqxr.org/#/blogs/operavore/2011/oct/10/operas-voyage-columbuss-choppy-waters/

Oct. 10 2011 12:06 PM

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