Thursday, October 12, 2006

Christopher Columbus

As we know beyond question, such conversations as Columbus had with scholars at the behest of the Spanish crown did not deal with questions of the earth’s roundness but of its size and the location of land masses. (The theologians’ theories, incidentally, were far closer to the truth than Columbus’ optimistic projections.) --Robert Royal, The Pizza Theory, First Things, March 1992, review of Inventing the Flat Earth: Columbus and Modern Historians, by Jeffrey Burton Russell

Get ready for the eclipse that saved Columbus, AFP, February 18, 2008 (via Drudge Report)

Claiming naming rights: How Vespucci got credit where credit wasn't due, by David Walton, review of Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto. From the August 5, 2007 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Columbus and the Beginning of the World, by Robert Royal, First Things, May 1999

The Crimes of Christopher Columbus, by Dinesh D'Souza, First Things, November 1995

Consequences of Columbus, by Robert Royal, First Things, February 1992

1492 and All That by Robert Royal, review of The Conquest of Paradise: Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Legacy by Kirkpatrick Sale, First Things, May 1991

Repenting of America 1492-1992 First Things, October 1990

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