The life of the admiral Christopher Columbus / by his son, Ferdinand ; translated, annotated, and with a new introduction by Benjamin Keen.

; Keen, Benjamin, 1913- ed. and tr
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [1959] .

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Standard Title Historie. English
Other Authors Keen, Benjamin, 1913-
Subjects America -- Discovery and exploration -- Spanish -- Early works to 1800.
Columbus, Christopher -- Early works to 1800.
Columbus, Christopher.
Discovery and exploration, Spanish.
Indians of the West Indies -- Early works to 1800.
Indians of the West Indies.
Description xxxii, 316 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Copyright Date [1959]
Notes Translation of Historie del S.D. Fernando Colombo; nelle qualis'ha paritcolare, and vera relatione della vita, and de' fatti dell'Ammiraglio D. Cristoforo Colombo, suo padre ...
Bibliographical references included in "Notes" (pages 287-305).
Translation of Historie del S. D. Fernando Colombo... de'fati dell'Ammiraglio D. Cristoforo Colombo.
Contents Concerning the birthplace, family, and name of the Admiral Christopher Columbus -- Of the Admiral's parents and their condition, and of the false account that one Giustiniani gives of his occupation before he acquired the title of Admiral -- Of the bodily disposition of the Admiral and of the sciences that he learned -- Of the activities of the Admiral before he came to Spain -- Of the Admiral's coming to Spain and of what happened to him in Portugal, which was the cause of his discovery of the Indies -- Of the Admiral's principal reason for believing that he could discover the Indies -- The second reason that encouraged the Admiral to seek to discover the Indies -- The letters of Paolo, a physician of Florence, to the Admiral concerning the discovery of the Indies -- The third reason and sign that gave the Admiral some encouragement to discover the Indies -- In which is shown the falsity of the claim that the Spaniards once before had possession of the Indies, as Gonzalo de Oviedo attempts to prove in his history -- How the Admiral grew angry with the King of Portugal, to whom he had offered to discover the Indies -- Of the Admiral's departure from Portugal, and of his conversations with the Catholic sovereigns Ferdninand and Isabella -- How the Admiral, failing to reach an agreement with the Catholic sovereigns, decided to offer his enterprise to France -- How the Admiral returned to the camp of Santa Fé and took leave of the Catholic sovereigns, having failed to reach an agreement with them -- How the Catholic sovereigns ordered the Admiral to return and granted all he asked -- How the Admiral outfitted three caravels for his voyage of discovery -- How the Admiral reached the Canaries and there took aboard all he needed -- How the Admiral sailed from the Grand Canary and continued his voyage of discovery, and what happened to him on the ocean -- How all the ship's people, being eager to reach land, were very attentive to the things they saw in the sea -- How the men grumbled because of their desire to return, and how certain signs and tokens of land made them continue gladly on their course -- How they continued to see the above-mentioned signs and tokens and others that were even more hopeful, which gave them some comfort -- How the Admiral sighted the first land, this being an island in the Archipelago called the Bahamas.
How the Admiral returned to Isabela and discovered that the land was very fertile -- How the Admiral disposed of the affairs of the island and sailed to explore the island of Cuba, believing it to be the mainland -- How the Admiral discovered the island of Jamaica -- How the Admiral returned from Jamaica to follow the coast of Cuba, believing it to be the mainland -- How the Admiral endured great hardships and toil as he sailed among islands innumerable -- How the Admiral returned to Española -- Of the great hunger and toil suffered by the Admiral and his men, and how he returned to Jamaica -- How the Admiral explored the southern shore of the island of Española until he returned eastward to the town of Navidad -- How the Admiral completed the conquest of Española, and what he did to make it yield revenue -- Of some things that they saw on the island of Española, and of the customs, ceremonies, and religion of the Indians -- How the Admiral returned to Spain to give an account to the Catholic sovereigns of the state of the island of Española -- How the Admiral sailed from the island of Guadalupe for Castile -- How the Admiral came to court, and of the new voyage to the Indies that the Catholic soverigns intrusted to him -- How the Admiral set sail from Castile to discover the mainland of Paria -- How the Admiral left the Cape Verdes in search of the mainland, and of the great heat from which they suffered, and of the clearness with which he saw the pole star -- How the Admiral discovered the island of Trinidad and sighted the mainland -- How the Admiral went to the Punta del Arenal, and of a canoe that came to speak to him -- Of the danger the ships were in while passing through the Boca de la Sierpe, and how Paria was discovered, being the first discovery of the mainland -- How in Paria they found gold and pearls and people of goodly condition -- How the Admiral sailed out through the Boca del Dragón and of the danger that he ran -- How the Admiral stood over from the mainland to Española -- Of the rebellion and disorders caused by the evil Alcalde mayor, Roldán, that the Admiral found on his return to Española -- How Roldán tried to seize the town of Concepción and plundered Isabela -- How Roldán roused the Indians of that province against the Adelantado, and how he and his men journeyed to Xaraguá -- How ships arrived from Castile with provisions and relief -- How the three ships sent by the Admiral from the Canary Islands arrived at Xaraguá -- How the captains found the Admiral in Santo Domingo -- How Roldán came to treat with the Admiral, and how they failed to reach agreement -- The agreement made between the Admiral and Roldán and his rebels -- How, after making the agreement, the rebels went to Xaraguá, saying that they would embark in the two ships the Admiral was sending them.
How the Admiral went ashore and took possession of the land in the name of the Catholic sovereigns -- Of the condition and customs of those people, and what the Admiral saw on that island -- How the Admiral left that island and went in search of others -- How the Admiral sailed to other islands that could be seen from where he was -- How the Admiral discovered the island of Cuba, and what he found there -- How the two Christians returned, and the account they gave of what they had seen -- How the Admiral left off following the western coast of Cuba and turned eastward towards Española -- How the Admiral again sailed eastward for Expañola, and how one of his ships left him -- How the Admiral sailed for Española, and what he saw there -- How the principal king of that island came to the ships, and of the great state in which he came -- How the Admiral lost his ship on some shoals through the negligence of his sailors, and of the assistance he received from the king of that island -- How the Admiral decided to make a settlement in the place where the king lived, and named it La Navidad -- How the Admiral sailed for Castile and found Pinzón's caravel -- How the first skirmish between the Indians and Christians took place in Samaná Bay on the island of Española -- How the Admiral departed for Castile and was separated from the Pinta by a great storm -- How the Admiral reached the Azores, and the people of the island of Santa Maria seized the ship's boat and its crew -- How the Admiral rode out another storm and finally recovered his boat and its crew -- How the Admiral left the Azores and was driven into Lisbon by a storm -- How the people of Lisbon came to look upon the Admiral as if he were a great wonder, and how he paid a visit to the King of Portugal -- How the Admiral left Lisbon to go to Castile by sea -- How it was agreed that the admiral should return with a great fleet to settle the island of Española, and how the pope gave his approval of the conquest -- The privileges granted by the Catholic sovereigns to the Admiral -- How the Admiral departed from Barcelona for Seville, and from Seville for Española -- How the Admiral, leaving Gomera, crossed the ocean and discovered the Caribbee Islands -- How the Admiral discovered the island of Guadalupe, and what he saw there -- How the Admiral sailed from the island of Guadalupe, and of some islands that he found on the way -- How the Admiral arrived at Española and learned of the death of the Spaniards -- How the Admiral found the town of Navidad abandoned and burned, and of his meeting with King Guacanagarí -- How the Admiral left Navidad and found a town that he named Isabela -- How the Admiral reached the province of the Cibao, where he found the gold mines and built the fort of Santo Tomás.
How the rebels resolved not to go to Castile and made a new pact with the Admiral -- How Hojeda, returning from his voyage of discovery, caused new disorders on Española -- How, as a result of false reports and complaints of certain persons, the Catholic sovereigns sent a judge to the Indies to learn what was happening there -- How the Admiral was imprisoned and sent to Castile in chains, together with his brothers -- How the Admiral went to court to report to the Catholic sovereigns -- How the Admiral left Granada for Seville to outfit a fleet for his voyage of discovery -- How the Admiral departed from Española to continue his voyage and discovered the Guanaja Islands -- How the Admiral decided not to go to New Spain but turn eastward in search of Veragua and the strait across the mainland -- How the Admiral cruised down the Costa de las Orejas to Cape Gracias a Dios and proceeded to Cariay, and what he did and saw there -- How the Admiral sailed from Cariay to Cerabaró and Veragua, and thence to Portobelo, all along a very fertile coast -- How the Admiral came to the Puerto de Bastimientos and Nombre de Dios, and how he held on his course till he put in the Harbor of Retrete -- How the Admiral, harried by storms, again stood eastward to get information about the mines of Veragua -- How the Admiral's ships went up the Río Belén, where he determined to found a town, and leave his brother the Adelantado in charge -- How the Adelantado visited some towns in that province, and of the things and manners of the people of that country -- How the Quibián and many leading Indians were made prisoners to ensure the security of the Christian town, and how the Quibián made his escape through the carelessness of his guards -- How after the Admiral had sailed from Belén for Castile, the Quibián attacked the Christian town, in which combat there were many dead and wounded -- How the Indian captives aboard the Bermuda escaped and the Admiral learned of the defeat he had suffered on land -- How the Admiral took aboard the men he had left in Belén, and how he proceeded to Jamaica -- How the Admiral sent canoes from Jamaica to Española with word that he and his people were marooned there -- How the brothers Porras and many of the people rose up against the Admiral, saying they wanted to go to Castile -- What the Admiral did after the mutineers had left for Española, and of the shrewd use that he made of an eclipse -- How another conspiracy was formed among the Admiral's people, and how this conspiracy was quenched by the arrival of a caravel from Española -- How the Admiral learned what happened on the voyage to Diego Mẽndez and Fieschi -- How the mutineers spurned the Admiral's offers and refused to treat with him -- How the Adelantado sallied forth to meet the mutineers near the ships and defeated them, capturing Captain Porras -- How the Admiral crossed over to Española, and thence to Castile, where Our Lord received him into his holy glory in Valladolid.
Genre Early works.
Geographic Area North America
South America
Network Numbers (OCoLC)421828
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Colón, Fernando, 1488-1539.
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