Talk:Christopher Columbus

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From the Third Voyage journal[edit]

I have come to believe that this is a mighty continent which was hitherto unknown. I am greatly supported in this view by reason of this great river, and by this sea which is fresh. WHOA now. I have read this elsewhere as well, but still feel it in particular should be supported with a solid reference (it currently has none). Why? Because it would appear to refute the common notion that Columbus persisted to his death that he had encountered a new Indies route and not a foreign continent. What do we think? — 21:15, 11 February 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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From a letter to a friend (1500)[edit]

"A hundred castellanoes (a Spanish coin) are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten (years old) are now in demand."

Unsourced Quotes about Columbus[edit]

  • What a pity, when Christopher Columbus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it.
  • We shall be inclined to pronounce the voyage that led to the way to this New World as the most epoch-making event of all that have occurred since the birth of Christ.
  • If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.
  • Columbus had all the spirit of a crusader, and, at the same time, the investigating nature of a modern man of science.
  • So Columbus said, somebody show me the sunset and somebody did and he set sail for it,
    And he discovered America and they put him in jail for it,
    And the fetters gave him welts,
    And they named America after somebody else.
  • Columbus' government was characterised by a form of tyranny... Even those who loved him had to admit the atrocities that had taken place. Now one can understand why he was sacked and we can see that there were good reasons for doing so. The monarchs wanted someone who did not give them problems. Columbus did not solve problems, he created them.
    • Consuelo Varela, on a recently discovered report by Francisco de Bobadilla on the harsh rule of Columbus and his brothers; as quoted in The Guardian (7 August 2006)
  • Hardly a name in profane history is more august than his. Hardly another character in the world's record has made so little of its opportunities. His discovery was a blunder; his blunder was a new world; the New World is his monument!