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The true story of Christopher Columbus, called the Great Admiral   By: (1846-1902)

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The true story of Christopher Columbus, called the Great Admiral by Elbridge Streeter Brooks, provides readers with a captivating account of one of history's most famous explorers. With rich and detailed storytelling, Brooks takes us on a journey through the life of Columbus, shedding light on his motivations, triumphs, and struggles.

Brooks begins by immersing us in the historical context of the late 15th century, painting a vivid picture of a world hungry for discovery and new horizons. We are introduced to Columbus as a young dreamer with an insatiable thirst for exploring the unknown. From his humble beginnings to his encounters with influential figures of his time, the author gives us a well-rounded perspective on the life and personality of Columbus.

What sets this book apart is its ability to humanize Columbus, showing us the complexities and contradictions that defined him. Brooks presents us with a three-dimensional character, whose determination and unwavering belief in his dreams are balanced by his flaws and questionable choices. While Columbus's achievements in opening up the New World are undoubtedly significant, this biography does not shy away from addressing the controversies surrounding his actions.

Through meticulous research and attention to detail, Brooks reconstructs the historical events that shaped Columbus's voyages. From his funding struggles to his navigation techniques, the reader gains valuable insights into the challenges faced by Columbus and his crew. The author does an excellent job of explaining the navigational tools and methods utilized during Columbus's time, ensuring that even readers with limited knowledge of maritime history can fully comprehend the significance of his achievements.

Furthermore, Brooks also delves into the aftermath of Columbus's voyages, exploring the consequences for both the indigenous people of the Americas and the European powers involved. By shedding light on the often-overlooked repercussions of Columbus's expeditions, the book encourages a critical examination of history from multiple perspectives.

Although the prose can be a bit dense at times, the wealth of information presented makes it a valuable read for history enthusiasts. Brooks's attention to detail and ability to contextualize events make this biography an excellent resource for those seeking a deeper understanding of Columbus's life and legacy.

In conclusion, The true story of Christopher Columbus, called the Great Admiral provides an engaging and comprehensive account of the explorer's life. Elbridge Streeter Brooks successfully captures the essence of Columbus, taking readers on a captivating voyage through history. Whether one admires Columbus or questions his actions, this book offers a thought-provoking exploration of a figure who undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the world.

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By Elbridge S. {Streeter} Brooks

[This was orginally done on the 400th Anniversary of 1492 as was the great Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Interesting how our heroes have all been de canonized in the interest of Political Correctitude Comments by Michael S. Hart]


This "True Story of Christopher Columbus" is offered and inscribed to the boys and girls of America as the opening volume in a series especially designed for their reading, and to be called "Children's Lives of Great Men." In this series the place of honor, or rather of position, is given to Columbus the Admiral, because had it not been for him and for his pluck and faith and perseverance there might have been no young Americans, such as we know to day, to read or care about the world's great men.

Columbus led the American advance; he discovered the New World; he left a record of persistence in spite of discouragement and of triumph over all obstacles, that has been the inspiration and guide for Americans ever since his day, and that has led them to work on in faith and hope until the end they strove for was won.

"The True Story of Christopher Columbus" will be followed by the "true story" of others who have left names for us to honor and revere, who have made the world better because they lived, and who have helped to make and to develop American freedom, strength and progress... Continue reading book >>

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