Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus – And how he received and imparted the spirit of discovery by Justin Windsor (1831-1897) was published in 1891. The book is nearly 700 pages long and because of the many images and photos of letters, maps, and images of people I could not compress it to less than 90 MB. So please be patient while downloading.

The book aims at being the exhaustive biography of Cristopher Columbus and his travels. And it does well. All his known letters and all existing writings about him have been analyzed and put in contexts. Anecdotes from other sources are discussed and we get a vivid picture of a complex man and time. For sailors, the book will be interesting for its detailed descriptions and historical discussions about navigation and mapping of the Atlantic shores and Islands. From the book:

They that go down to the sea in ships,
that do business in great waters, these
see the works of the Lord and his wonders
in the deep. -Psalms, cvii. 23, 24

Download the huge work here (700 pages/91 MB):

 Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus handwriting
The handwriting of Christopher Columbus
Navigation at the time of Columbus
Navigation at the time of Columbus

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