The Last Voyage of Columbus

The Last Voyage of Columbus

Being the Epic Tale of the Great Captain's Fourth Expedition, Including Accounts of Swordfight, Mutiny, Shipwreck, Gold, War, Hurricane, and Discovery

Downloadable Audiobook - 2005
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The epic, never-before-told story of Columbus's final, and perhaps greatest, journey to the New World. The final voyage of Christopher Columbus was by far his most dangerous, unexpected, exhilarating, and consequential. Shockingly, no book has been written about this fateful final journey until now. Martin Dugard finally brings to light this saga of shipwreck, mutiny, discovery, and political treachery, telling the story of how Columbus's quest to find a passage to the Orient drove him onward in the face of peril. Here we meet Christopher Columbus, the determined, and sometimes desperate, elder adventurer, a far cry from the shrouded hero/villain of legend. The Last Voyage of Columbus offers up the long-lost last chapter in the life of a man whose story we only thought we knew.
Publisher: [United States] : Hachette Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2005.
Edition: Abridged.
ISBN: 1594831696
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (6hr., 01 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Jones, Simon


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Jul 20, 2015

This book starts with an overview of pre-voyage stuff that jumps around a bit in time - governor Columbus arrested and returned in chains to Spain; Columbus asking both Portugal and Spain to sponsor his first expedition; other expeditions (some launched by the Spanish sovereigns to avoid giving Columbus too much profit), etc. This portion is interesting and brings out the major players, even if it is a bit hard to follow.

The second section dives in to the fourth voyage and covers it in great detail. I missed the earlier what came before or after style here. Notably missing - Portugal, specifically King João II - such a nemesis in the first section of the book.

The book concludes in a rush, giving almost no detail of the final years of Christopher Columbus. A brief history of some of the other players is given. A solid 3½ stars.


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