Laurence Bergreen “Columbus: The Four Voyages”

October 7th, 2011

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“In fourteen hundred and 92, Columbus sailed the ocean blue …”That little refrain is just about the extent of what many folks know about the man we honor with a national holiday.

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When acclaimed biographer Laurence Bergreen started researching his new biography “Columbus: The Four Voyages,” he was startled at the reaction of some friends who said, “Four voyages? He made four?” Bergreen has carefully researched the decade-long Columbus exploration of the New World — actually the Caribbean, a little bit of South America, a brush with Central America — to tell the story of this man who was a brilliant sailor but an inept, cruel, and megalomaniacal governor.

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  1. Carmen Ivette Colón says:

    I’m so thrilled with “Columbus, The Four Voyages”! As a 16th generation descendant of Christopher Columbus, I am forever grateful to Bergreen for his work. I think that, like the Patriarch Abraham, Columbus was led by blind faith and, besides not being aware of the magnitude and impact of his discoveries, he had no idea of the multitude of descendants he would have. Most of us are devout Christians who serve or have served in the military, and, of course many of us are sea-lovers! Our branch of descendants originated from Juan Colón de Luyando, grandson of Luis Colón y Toledo, in Coamo, Puerto Rico. A cousin is researching the past four centuries of family history from a book he recently acquired from Spain. He wants to prepare a summary for our family reunion in June 2012. “Columbus” solved all mystery about our 11th great grandfather. Muchísimas gracias.

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