Columbus

Columbus - OConnor 1 Mehgan OConnor English 2823 Professor...

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O’Connor 1 Mehgan O’Connor English 2823 Professor Coats 1 February 2010 In 1492, Columbus sailed on a voyage under the patronage of Isabella I of Castille to the New World. At first, he believed he landed in Asia due to severely misjudging the circumference of the world, but he really landed in El Salvador and Cuba. Columbus wrote a letter describing his first voyage, and this letter so obviously contrasts the depictions of Cortes that it is rather disturbing that there would be two so very different perspectives. The main differences in Columbus’ letter are the layout of the land and the reactions of the natives. When Cortes sailed into the New World, Cuba was already established and settled by Spaniards, so his understanding of the layout of the land was pretty accurate. Columbus, on the other hand, was obviously confused about the geography. This confusion is shown in his conflicting statements that Cuba is both an island and part of the mainland. Columbus also makes many exaggerations in his letter concerning the size Cuba and the amount of gold that could be
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