Many of us still remember the stanza: "In fourteen hundred ninety-two; Columbus sailed the ocean blue," learned while in elementary school. A lot has changed since then, in recent years Columbus' voyage and the aftermath have been looked at differently or at least from more than one perspective. If you would like to learn more your library has materials, such as those highlighted below, for you to check out. The staff at Detroit Lakes Library wishes you all a Happy Columbus Day!
"Columbus: the Four Voyages," by Laurence Bergreen. Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a trading route to China, and his unexpected landfall in the Americas, is a watershed event in world history. Yet Columbus made three more voyages within the span of only a decade, each designed to demonstrate that he could sail to China within a matter of weeks and convert those he found there to Christianity. These later voyages were even more adventurous, violent, and ambiguous, but they revealed Columbus's uncanny sense of the sea, his mingled brilliance and delusion, and his superb navigational skills. In all these exploits he almost never lost a sailor. By their conclusion, however, Columbus was broken in body and spirit. If the first voyage illustrates the rewards of exploration, the latter voyages illustrate the tragic costs- political, moral, and economic.
"1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created," by Charles C. Mann. A deeply engaging new history of how European settlements in the post-Colombian Americas shaped the world, from the bestselling author of 1491. Presenting the latest research by biologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians, Mann shows how the post-Columbian network of ecological and economic exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Mexico City -- where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted -- the center of the world.
DL Library Happenings
The Beat Goes On: Minnesota Author Lin Enger
Shakespearean drama in north woods Minnesota? Yes! In a bold reinvention of "Hamlet," Enger tells the story of a young man trying to hold his family together in a world tipped suddenly upside down. Programming is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund. Monday, October 8 at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 11 and Saturday, October 13 at 10:30 a.m.
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