Felipe Fernández-Armesto, 7 January 1993
Show More European Encounters with the New World: From Renaissance to Romanticism by Anthony Pagden.
Yale, 212 pp., £18.95, January 1993, 0 300 05285 5Show More
New Worlds, Ancient Texts: The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery by Anthony Grafton, April Shelford and Nancy Siraisi.
Harvard, 282 pp., £23.95, October 1992, 0 674 61875 0Show More
The Imaginative Landscape of Christopher Columbus by Valerie Flint.
Princeton, 233 pp., £16, August 1992, 0 691 05681 1Show More
Land without Evil: Utopian Journeys across the South American Watershed by Richard Gott.
Verso, 299 pp., £18.95, January 1993, 0 86091 398 8Show More
“... See America first’: the old tourist-office advertising slogan made it sound easy. The most famous moment in the history of exploration, however, is also one of the most baffling. In the early darkness of 12 October 1492, a lookout, straining from the rigging of the Pinta, set up the cry of ‘Land!’ Yet his identity remains uncertain, clouded by widely differing versions of his name; and the priority of his sight of the New World was disputed by a fellow traveller called Columbus, who claimed the reward for himself ...”