The Last Voyage Of Columbus Summary

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The Last Voyage of Columbus, by Martin Dugard is a historical nonfiction book that discussed Christopher colobuses’ journey as an explorer. From his time in Hispaniola, to his forth and final voyage throughout the Caribbean which ended only 2 years prior to his death this book covers many important moments. I have never been someone who excels at history, because of this one reason I chose this book is because prior to reading this book I had a decent amount of knowledge about Christopher Columbus and his travels, the adventures aspect of the story drew me in as well. Many historical books don’t keep my attention, and I find them boring, however this book surprised me with its ability to kept the story line interesting and exciting while still …show more content…
This book begins just prior to his first voyage, with Columbus gaining financial help from Spain’s king. From that point on Dugard doesn’t leave out any detail, he makes sure his readers know how difficult and grueling these 4 voyages were including many deaths, arguments, and defeats. On his first voyage he makes his way to Hispaniola and Nividad with 3 ships, one of which, the Santa Maria, sank. Those on the Santa Maria stayed on the island of Nividad setting up a small village until Columbus returned. His second journey back to the Caribbean was much larger, bringing along 17 ships. When returning to Nividad Columbus along with the other ships and passengers discovered the people that had stayed behind had died, most likely killed, and there village destroyed. This frightened the people and also let Columbus know he wasn’t alone on the island. Dugard does an exceptional job with keeping on topic. He doesn’t mention anything prior or anything taking place after Columbus’s days as an explores of the new world. He also doesn’t mention much of his time back in Spain other than exploration related topics, such as his time before the final voyage trying to find ships. I would guess that more than 90 percent of this book is written about his time as see and in the new world. A few times however the author mentions Columbus’s family …show more content…
One of the only changes I would 3make to this book is to set it up completely like a journal. Although many of the chapters are labeled with dates, and the book for the most part occurs in chronological order there are quite a few times when previous events are mentioned in the middle of a chapter. I found this one of the only things difficult to keep straight in this otherwise easy to follow books. With some revising however I feel this book could be truly amazing and I would recommend it to anyone, weather you love history or not most everyone knows of Christopher Columbus and this book is a great way to learn a lot without being bored with random facts and

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