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Christopher Columbus Everyone knows who Christopher Columbus is, and everyone knows what he discovered and what he is famous for. Who, really, is this man, so shrouded in mystery? Columbus would tell you he was inspired by God to make his voyages, and it takes a brave soul indeed to sail out into the ocean blue where no one has gone before. Inside you will read about.. Christopher Columbus Everyone knows who Christopher Columbus is, and everyone knows what he discovered and what he is famous for. Who, really, is this man, so shrouded in mystery? Columbus would tell you he was inspired by God to make his voyages, and it takes a brave soul indeed to sail out into the ocean blue where no one has gone before. Inside you will read about... ✓ Early Life ✓ The Silk Road and Beyond ✓ Columbus' Quest for a Voyage ✓ First Voyage ✓ Second Voyage ✓ Third and Fourth Voyages ✓ Governor of the Indies And much more! In this eBook, you'll find out all about this most remarkable of men. You will uncover why he thought it so important to never give up on his dream, and how impossible his struggles became with each voyage he made. What was it like to sail over the edge of the ocean? This was a voyage not just anyone could undertake. It was the bravery and the brilliance of a man like Christopher Columbus who would make his dream come true and inspire a world to follow him.


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Christopher Columbus Everyone knows who Christopher Columbus is, and everyone knows what he discovered and what he is famous for. Who, really, is this man, so shrouded in mystery? Columbus would tell you he was inspired by God to make his voyages, and it takes a brave soul indeed to sail out into the ocean blue where no one has gone before. Inside you will read about.. Christopher Columbus Everyone knows who Christopher Columbus is, and everyone knows what he discovered and what he is famous for. Who, really, is this man, so shrouded in mystery? Columbus would tell you he was inspired by God to make his voyages, and it takes a brave soul indeed to sail out into the ocean blue where no one has gone before. Inside you will read about... ✓ Early Life ✓ The Silk Road and Beyond ✓ Columbus' Quest for a Voyage ✓ First Voyage ✓ Second Voyage ✓ Third and Fourth Voyages ✓ Governor of the Indies And much more! In this eBook, you'll find out all about this most remarkable of men. You will uncover why he thought it so important to never give up on his dream, and how impossible his struggles became with each voyage he made. What was it like to sail over the edge of the ocean? This was a voyage not just anyone could undertake. It was the bravery and the brilliance of a man like Christopher Columbus who would make his dream come true and inspire a world to follow him.

30 review for Christopher Columbus: A Life From Beginning to End

  1. 5 out of 5

    Otherwyrld

    This told the story relatively accurately and for once for this series, it was told in chronological order. It only got two stars because of the terrible writing style and use of hyperbole, speculative narration, and total over simplification of so much of the context. I realize that these books have to simplify matters, but this one went way over the top.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Udit Nair

    Hourly History provides a balanced view of this much famed navigator. It does a great job in covering those aspects which are mostly unknown to larger section of people.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anil Swarup

    Apart from narrating the journey(s) that this master traveler undertook, the book provides certain unknown but fascinating aspects of Columbus. All this makes for an interesting read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Young Kim

    “He stands in history as the completer of the globe.” —John Sterling "...he achieved the physical unity of the globe.” —Lamartine Before his risky voyages the world wasn't yet proved a globe; his voyage and the breakthrough of old frame in people’s mind opened up a new world with enlightenment. Without his challenge there wouldn’t be Copernicus, Kepler, Galilei and Newton, who finally opened the eyes of our world to the truth that had been unknown since the very beginning of our species. Yes, Chris “He stands in history as the completer of the globe.” —John Sterling "...he achieved the physical unity of the globe.” —Lamartine Before his risky voyages the world wasn't yet proved a globe; his voyage and the breakthrough of old frame in people’s mind opened up a new world with enlightenment. Without his challenge there wouldn’t be Copernicus, Kepler, Galilei and Newton, who finally opened the eyes of our world to the truth that had been unknown since the very beginning of our species. Yes, Christopher Columbus is remembered as a greedy and cruel money chaser, but his daring spirit to challenge the old world point of view, which was totally blind and ignorant limiting Human potential must be respected and inherited (in a refined form) for our future. (Kindle Locations 434-452) ...Columbus' is a mixed legacy. Many would immediately dismiss his greatness because of how he treated so many of the natives on all of the islands he sailed to. Evidences of brutality and bringing natives back as slaves against their will does not make for a great explorer legacy. As anyone of his caliber would do, he promised too much to sovereigns waiting at home; he believed, wrongly, it would turn out alright in the end, and that he could control every place he founded. As time would tell, many governors of the islands would be needed to control the disarray and new ways of colonizing, including instituting a slave trade which would soon become a reality. Christopher Columbus is credited with opening up the New World. His first voyage was an incredibly brave one. Just think of it: never having gone beyond the horizons, certainly never sailing past the Azores or Madeira - no one knew what lay beyond. Columbus had a feeling there was something there to find. He thought it was the Asian landmass. He failed to find what he set out to – and at first all the Europeans brought to the New World was disease and pestilence. Smallpox was unknown in these lands, and it is estimated that millions died after initially making contact with Columbus and those who came after him. Other things contributed greatly to the cultures of Europe and the Americas. Foods from the Americas such as potatoes, tomatoes, and corn became staples of new cuisines in Europe, and wheat became a new food source for people in North and South America. Because diseases wiped out so many, it was thought that European explorers had every right to treat the natives as they did. It wasn't just Columbus who did this. Couple this with how Christianity affected every explorer who took to the seas from then on to conquer and occupy, and it's easy to see why the Europeans felt so superior to the gentle, peace-loving tribes they discovered. Explorers like Columbus and others believed it one of their duties to enlighten anyone they came upon with the glories of Christianity. He would have looked on it as people in the New World were corrupt human beings without a true God, and he was just there to make it all right. It was the duty, after all, of Christians everywhere to spread the gospel and rescue heathens. This was the reality in the fifteenth century. It would only get worse as the slave trade took off, and for over 300 years millions would be subjected to the wrath of slave traders everywhere. Did Christopher Columbus create this? No; he was merely born into it. He, alone, could not and would not seek to change it. The atrocities and the brutality that were a part of Columbus' voyages were thought to be commonplace behavior. These things happened in Europe as well; throughout the centuries, one country would invade another and decimate its peoples relentlessly... Funny they thought the others were corrupted Human Beings while they were the ones who were chasing money taking over the lands of other people who believed that land wasn’t to be owned by the people, but by the Mother Earth. See, it was the time of blind ignorance, and among the ignorant people Columbus at least had some gut to challenge the blindness of his time in pitiful darkness. And for his people in Europe, he was definitely a hero: No one can satisfy everyone; there are always the benefiting-supporters and victimized-resistant. Despite the author’s balanced interpretation of the figure and events, unfortunately, this book loses one star because of some misinforming lines. (Kindle Location 10) ...As the 15th century was coming to a close, there were a number of European countries that were ready to sail beyond the horizon's edge. One of these countries was Spain. Another was England... England in the late-15th century? Was there another England we never knew about? (Kindle Location 10) ...As the Renaissance had created wealth throughout the lands of Europe, many were now looking beyond their borders for ever greater power and riches. Economic competition was growing fiercer by the day, and powerful nation-states knew they had to reach beyond what was visible to places not yet known to them. No, the Renaissance opened their eyes for rich, and they had to try the ocean for the rich because the Ottoman Turks blocked the old passage through the Silk Road. The book’s got a shitty head that misinforms the readers. (Kindle Location 17) They would do this through establishing trade routes into places not seen yet. There were countries and lands such as the Americas that had not been seen by Europeans yet, and were still unnamed by anyone. North and South America, and all of the Caribbean islands, were simply there, waiting for something to happen. What were the native people there, wild animals or transparent spirits? If I stopped reading at this point, I’d give the book a flat-one star rating. But it’s a fine book if you read it to the last page. What I like the most about the book is presented in the following lines: (Kindle Locations 41-51) It wasn't until the Black Death in the 14th century that great changes began happening. So many people died in these terrible scourges. It didn't matter if you were a peasant, a priest or a king; the sickness claimed everyone. What it left behind were gaps in the culture. Where once there were more than enough people to do a job, now there were very few. This meant better opportunities for everyone. Skilled crafts flourished while now there was an abundance to eat and harvest. Suddenly, people had money in their pockets. In order to spend that money, they needed new goods and services to be created. Thus was born the Renaissance, or re-birth. This period in history, which began in Italy and spread to all of Europe, was marked by a desire everywhere to make life better for everyone. Slowly, a middle class was emerging, one that was different from peasant life and which became vital in the new ways that towns and cities were organized. During the 14th to the 16th centuries, many new inventions and discoveries would be created. Not only was life being made easier, but now man's quest for greater things outside his scope was beginning to emerge like never before. New ways of doing things were being introduced into everyday life; paper, printing, painting, learning, music, and literature were all being transformed by masters who had the vision and fore-thought to create new realities. This book explains why the Revolution had to follow afterwards, opening up a new era of democracy: The advent of the middle class among the common people. Democracy is unavoidable, and the only way to make it work for everyone is “right” education for the voters.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anirudh

    It is this trivia that we hear in school - Columbus discovered America. While that statement is inaccurate on many counts, considering, the Viking explorere Leif Erikson arrived in Newfoundland around 500 years before Columbus did, and the first European explorere to first set foot in the American mainland was Amerigo Vespucci. Despite all these, Columbus did possess a lot fo courage and introduced the Europeans to a whole new world and this is a short biography attempting to recollect the life It is this trivia that we hear in school - Columbus discovered America. While that statement is inaccurate on many counts, considering, the Viking explorere Leif Erikson arrived in Newfoundland around 500 years before Columbus did, and the first European explorere to first set foot in the American mainland was Amerigo Vespucci. Despite all these, Columbus did possess a lot fo courage and introduced the Europeans to a whole new world and this is a short biography attempting to recollect the life and journey of Columbus.  Columbus was from Genoa (present day Italy), and was from a middle class family. His brother Bartholomew was a cartographer and Columbus too was passionate about ships and the sea. It then moves on to Columbus' adult life, sailing as a business agent to various parts of Europe. Columbus always believed that there was a route to Asia through the west and believed that it wasn't too far away. However, his ambitious project didn't receive sufficient funding, and the King of Portugal was not interested in funding his expedition. Queen Isabella of Castille did respond and accepted to fund his expedition and he finally ventured past Azores, something carried out by no European in the past. It then talks about his three expeditions, his discovery of Hispaniola, Cuba, among various other islands and governing them on behalf of Castille. There were also scandals that broke out, saying Columbus was a fraud, and also on how he treated the natives and others.  The book brought out the fact that the task undertaken by Columbus was very daring, because Europeans were already comfortable with the Cape of Good Hope route to Asia and were not interested in taking such a big risk. The description of his disappointments upon realising that it wasn't Asia was also brought out well, his misgovernance, treatment of slaves and in fact, the slave trade he carried out with the natives, was all described very well in the book. I felt that in an hour, this book covered the details in a manner in which you could read it all in an hour and at the same time, revisit some of Iberian history of the 15th century.  The book concluded on how Columbus should be viewed - whether as a daring explorer who opened up Europeans to a world beyond Azores or someone who ill treated the natives, indulged in slave trade and forcibly imposed his religion on them. The book left the judgement on Columbus to the individual reader. Based on my experience with it, I would award the book a rating of four on five.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Greg Lee

    Got this book for free on Kindle. Super quick read and rather interesting.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    It is commonly known by everyone that Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in 1492. This, however, isn’t exactly accurate as it has since been proved that the Vikings of Scandinavia visited Greenland, Newfoundland, and Labrador five hundred years earlier. This doesn’t detract from Columbus’s vision, courage, and accomplishments. Although he wasn’t the first to believe that the earth was round and that by traveling west you would eventually find the east. He was the first to make this fi It is commonly known by everyone that Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in 1492. This, however, isn’t exactly accurate as it has since been proved that the Vikings of Scandinavia visited Greenland, Newfoundland, and Labrador five hundred years earlier. This doesn’t detract from Columbus’s vision, courage, and accomplishments. Although he wasn’t the first to believe that the earth was round and that by traveling west you would eventually find the east. He was the first to make this first daring step into the unknown. In my opinion, Columbus’s greatest contribution to the Renaissance (the Age of Enlightenment), is making his discoveries known to the world as a whole. His dreams and expectations fell far short of their goal, as did his promise of immediate wealth to the Spanish crown. His lone triumph is in pointing the way, so that others may follow. The book relates his many shortcomings and mistakes. His initial success went to his head and he ended up paying the price. Like all of the books in this series, the reader is given an abridged version of an event or life and is encouraged to dig deeper in other publications. This one didn’t appeal to me as much as others. It seems to be directed for children consumption and seems to carry a slightly condescending note. Nevertheless, it did succeed in leaving me with a hunger to know more. One could say that it mirrors Columbus’s life in succeeding where it counts.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lilly Hi Way

    Learn More About This Explorer I decided to read this book after seeing protesters gear down statues of Christopher Columbus during the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Summer 2020. I was mystified as to why this hated toward Columbus. Some protesters noted that Columbus wasn't the first explorer to discover the New World, the Vikings did many years earlier. True but no great changes happened as of the Vikings voyages while those of Columbus changed history. What I learned from this biography Learn More About This Explorer I decided to read this book after seeing protesters gear down statues of Christopher Columbus during the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Summer 2020. I was mystified as to why this hated toward Columbus. Some protesters noted that Columbus wasn't the first explorer to discover the New World, the Vikings did many years earlier. True but no great changes happened as of the Vikings voyages while those of Columbus changed history. What I learned from this biography was that Columbus had the courage to sail into the unknown at a time when many believed the earth was flat and ships could call off the end of it. He didn't share that belief and courageously sailed off into the unknown and returned to tell about it. At this time the most that mariners did was sail close to land down the coast of Africa and around the Cape. Without Columbus it's unclear how many decades would have passed before North and South America would have been discovered. But this was a brutal time in history and Columbus was a part of it. The Caribbean islands he visited were already settled by natives but he took these islands over in the name of Spain. He brought back natives to Spain to show off to his sponsors, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. His governance of Spanish settlements on the Islands was uninspired and he was removed from office. Not intentionally he introduced European diseases to the native populations and many died as a result. Born in Genoa, Italy but spending his adult life in Portugal and Spain, Christopher Columbus is best remembered as a fearless explorer who changed history.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Goddess of Chaos

    Informative quick read Hourly History eBooks seem to aim to give you as much useful information as they can in an hour, and this Christopher Columbus edition meets that goal nicely. It touches on his childhood, early influences, and experiences prior to the infamous sailing, and continues on to his return visits, discusses his biting off more than he could chew with both exploring and wanting to be governor of each island he claims, and follows his life to its end. This quick read is full of inte Informative quick read Hourly History eBooks seem to aim to give you as much useful information as they can in an hour, and this Christopher Columbus edition meets that goal nicely. It touches on his childhood, early influences, and experiences prior to the infamous sailing, and continues on to his return visits, discusses his biting off more than he could chew with both exploring and wanting to be governor of each island he claims, and follows his life to its end. This quick read is full of interesting tidbits, and reminders that there is more to the story than just a childhood rhyme. "During this second voyage, Columbus believed that Cuba was Asia, and was going to write to the king and queen saying so. It was the natives who finally wised him up to the fact that Cuba was an island. He was again greatly disappointed."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Gleckler Clark

    Little is known of Christopher Columbus… This hourly history gives us some insight into Columbus’ life. I personally cannot think of a time in my childhood and my adulthood when we didn’t, in some way, celebrate Columbus Day on October 12th every year. The Columbus did not actually achieve what he really wanted to accomplish, he did bring to Europe until later generations whole new world. Actually, many worlds with many different cultures and many different natural resources. Hero or villain? This Little is known of Christopher Columbus… This hourly history gives us some insight into Columbus’ life. I personally cannot think of a time in my childhood and my adulthood when we didn’t, in some way, celebrate Columbus Day on October 12th every year. The Columbus did not actually achieve what he really wanted to accomplish, he did bring to Europe until later generations whole new world. Actually, many worlds with many different cultures and many different natural resources. Hero or villain? This little reading will assure you that he was neither of these. Just a man, wanting to explore, looking for riches and things out of the ordinary. And, to experience as much as he possibly could through his lifetime.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Patricia S Winchel

    Did Columbus Discover America? Although we celebrate Christopher Columbus as having discovered America, he really only discovered some of the islands in the Caribbean, Central America and the tip of South America. He had a huge ego and promised far more than he was able to deliver or control. But he was the first brave soul to sail west into unknown waters and find new land. His legacy is is a mixed bag but he blazed the trail for those who later followed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    Crappy Out of all the Hourly History volumes that I have read, and I have read over 70 of them, this one was the worst. It had to have been written by a 16 year old for extra credit in his or her history course. It oozed cockiness. There were grammar issues. Sentence structure problems. Instead of enjoying the book all I wanted to do was slap the author. Hourly History please don't let teenagers write these books. Thank you. Crappy Out of all the Hourly History volumes that I have read, and I have read over 70 of them, this one was the worst. It had to have been written by a 16 year old for extra credit in his or her history course. It oozed cockiness. There were grammar issues. Sentence structure problems. Instead of enjoying the book all I wanted to do was slap the author. Hourly History please don't let teenagers write these books. Thank you.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Esteban

    Sitting on the fence Tried to give a balanced view of the legacy of Columbus rather than leaving the facts to speak. Also repeats the myth, but later seems to discard it, that everyone in the 15th century thought the earth was flat. This was a view spread by Washington Irving of Rio van Winkle fame.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brett

    Hourly History publications cover a broad span of historical topics. The condensed books are easily radable, with flowing prose. Editing is superior to other condensed history Kindle books, for example those available from Charles River Editors. I found this book provided broad-based context of Columbus voyages, not just historical facts.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    While the content is appropriate for the life and achievements of Christopher Columbus within constrained limits, the writing seemed poorer than other Hourly History installments. Too much informal exposition. The tone was distracting at times and there were several grammatical errors throughout. Like the others in this series, it's readable and covers the basics. While the content is appropriate for the life and achievements of Christopher Columbus within constrained limits, the writing seemed poorer than other Hourly History installments. Too much informal exposition. The tone was distracting at times and there were several grammatical errors throughout. Like the others in this series, it's readable and covers the basics.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Another great book by Hourly History I loved learning more about Columbus' life and voyages, I never realized he had so many. Another great book by Hourly History and I can't wait to read the next one. I would recommend this to anyone who likes quick, informative, and easy to read historical books. Another great book by Hourly History I loved learning more about Columbus' life and voyages, I never realized he had so many. Another great book by Hourly History and I can't wait to read the next one. I would recommend this to anyone who likes quick, informative, and easy to read historical books.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erwin

    Christopher Who? A quick synopsis of Columbus and his life, voyages and tragedies. The book maintains the reader’s interest. It is short on details, but enough is offered to leave the reader better informed if he were a typical American who only knew Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ashwin

    1492, Columbus sailed west for Asia. Wow ! Ofcourse you need courage to look beyond the horizon. And that is precisely what Columbus was able to achieve. He discovered the great continents if Americas.

  19. 5 out of 5

    David Parker

    A life in denial If Columbus were alive today he would be charged with crimes against humanity. It’s interesting in how far persistent will take you no matter your level of ineptitude.

  20. 4 out of 5

    DWIGHT WALLER

    A quick & easy biography. This was interesting and a quick summary of the life of Christopher Columbus. Not overly scholarly but informative and a starting point if you want to learn more.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bruce

    Christopher Columbus was a courageous and persistent man, but he was also very disappointing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    George Polansky

    A brief history of an important person in world history.

  23. 5 out of 5

    L Jerome Krovetz

    Very good Interesting account of an early explorer. He was a mixture of traits which are common to Christians of this time.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julia Kaylock

    Having not been born in the USA, I did not learn about Christopher Columbus as a child. After travelling to East Coast USA, Spain and Portugal I heard many different stories about the man who supposedly discovered the Americas, not all told a nice story about him. I saw this book for free on Kindle Unlimited and as it was a ‘One Hour Read’ book, I thought, why not start here? I am not sure if this book is meant for young people, but I really enjoyed it and felt like I learned a lot about what Chr Having not been born in the USA, I did not learn about Christopher Columbus as a child. After travelling to East Coast USA, Spain and Portugal I heard many different stories about the man who supposedly discovered the Americas, not all told a nice story about him. I saw this book for free on Kindle Unlimited and as it was a ‘One Hour Read’ book, I thought, why not start here? I am not sure if this book is meant for young people, but I really enjoyed it and felt like I learned a lot about what Christopher Columbus actually did, and what he was like. It has spurred me to want to read more now, as this was an intriguing point in time. I would highly recommend this to anyone who would like to know something about Christopher Columbus, especially if travelling to the Americas or to Western Europe, as there are lots of stories about him, not all of them true!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Richard Ellis

  26. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Mailund

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eveli Hämarik

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ron Gerughty

  29. 4 out of 5

    Martin D. Blidner

  30. 5 out of 5

    Navya

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