Documentary evidence

  • David Buisseret


The European intrusion into the West Indies was astonishingly well documented, at least from the European viewpoint. Christopher Columbus kept a log, whose somewhat mangled third version we still have,1 and in it he set out with startling innocence his first impressions of the Caribbean Sea and islands. Later, his son Ferdinand fleshed out much of what Columbus had written, giving us a remarkably full account of this first contact.2


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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2003

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