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The true story of Christopher Columbus, called the

Elbridge Streeter Brooks

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I will go somewhere else. Go, then! said the queen and her advisers. And Columbus turned his back on what seemed almost his last hope, mounted his mule and rode away.

Then something else happened. As Columbus rode off to find the French king, sick and tired of all his long and useless labor at the Spanish court, his few firm friends there saw that, unless they did something right away, all the glory and all the gain of this enterprise Columbus had taught them to believe in would be lost to Spain. So two of them, whose names were Santangel and Quintanilla, rushed into the queen's room and begged her, if she wished to become the greatest queen in Christendom, to call back this wandering sailor, agree to his terms and profit by his labors.

What if he does ask a great deal? they said. He has spent his life thinking his plan out; no wonder he feels that he ought to have a good share of what he finds. What he asks is really small compared with what Spain . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is an oldie, but a goodie for children. Brooks pulls no punches about some of the less-than-heroic things that Columbus did. But he's not out to "debunk" him or put him down. Brooks clearly explains that Columbus, like all of us, was a product of his age. He shows that Columbus demonstrated gre

We enjoyed this story that was written long ago. It focused quite a bit on the great character of Columbus. On the flip side it also focused a lot more on the acquisition of wealth and gold than I would have preferred. The last few chapters to me were the most well written in the book.

Used for our homeschool Early American history for both my son and daughter.