Questions for Columbus

1) What are some of the motivations Columbus gives for his journey? How do you think these color his perceptions/experiences of what he sees?

2) In what sense does Columbus feel “called” to undertake this journey? Is this a profound revelation or simply a rhetorical device? Find specific instances where he references this.

3) Who does Columbus encounter? How does he describe them? Politically speaking, why are these descriptions important?

4) Think about the legacy of this journey. Is Columbus “changed” by what he sees? Why or why not?

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