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Christopher Columbus authored over a hundred documents, many of them letters giving testimony on the Discovery to Isabela and Ferdinand. In this first book in English to focus specifically on these writings, Margarita Zamora offers an original analysis of their textual problems and ideological implications. Her comprehensive study takes into account the newly discovered "Libro Copiador," which includes previously unknown letters from Columbus to the Crown.

Zamora examines those aspects of the texts that have caused the most anxiety and disagreement among scholars--questions concerning Columbus's destination, the authenticity and authority of the texts attributed to him, Las Casas's editorial role, and Columbus's views on the Indians. In doing so she opens up the vast cultural context of the Discovery. Exploring the ways in which the first images of America as seen through European eyes both represented and helped shape the Discovery, she maps the inception and growth of a discourse that was to dominate the colonizing of the New World.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520913943
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Columbus, christopher, 1451-1506
Author:
Margarita Zamora
Author:
Zamora, Margarita
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
America Early accounts to 1600 History and criticism.
Subject:
North American
Subject:
General
Subject:
America
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Discovery and exploration
Subject:
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
America Early accounts to 1600.
Subject:
Columbus, Christopher - Literary art
Subject:
Letters
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19930629
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
247

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