The Last Voyage of Columbus

1100 WordsApr 23, 20195 Pages
The Last Voyage of Columbus In his book, Martin Dugard uses dramatic detail and imagery to attract the readers attention. At times it feels as though the book is even fiction, but the selected bibliography in the end, defend with certainty this books authenticity. If there were no speculations on the character of Columbus by the lector, then the book will leave the lasting impression that like us, Columbus was human as well. He was not a saint, and had his fallouts. His life was not a complete joy ride, but the ending of the book gives the reader the sense that Columbus was a man of exuberant character: “live a bold life rather than settle for mediocrity.”(p.268) Divided into four sections: Prelude; Love Hope and Sex and Dreams;…show more content…
The ideas that Polo shared, matched directly with another book called Geography, another man later on came out with the three-dimensional globe. This only gave Columbus’ idea more credit, he wanted to go to Asia, the Sovereigns were his only hope. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, were the only people that helped Columbus on his first voyage. At first they were completely unwilling to help, but an advisor from the court told the King and Queen that there was not much to lose with Columbus. If he made it back, the Sovereigns would have first hands on any land that Columbus would have found. They liked the idea. The only downside was that the Sovereigns would only be making a small investment in Columbus. If he failed and perished in the ocean, they would never hear from him again. It was a win-win situation. If he did find Asia, then he would bring back something more precious than gold, or silver,and pearls; they wanted pepper, a spice only found in the east. Through out the first chunk of the book, many details and names are given, but the most important is Juan Rodriguez de Fonseca.Throughout Columbus’ life, Fonseca plays a very important role as the man that causes many - if not all of Columbus’ failures and difficulties. At the time Columbus was interested in sailing to Asia, Fonseca was the royal auditor of the Indies. Colonization was his priority, but in the end King Ferdinand used Fonseca to steal Columbus’ power over the region of
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