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By Edmund S. Morgan

“A clever, humane and fantastically written book.”―Bret Stephens, Wall road Journal

From the best-selling writer of Benjamin Franklin comes this amazing paintings that might aid redefine our inspiration of yankee heroism. american citizens have lengthy been enthusiastic about their heroes, however the women and men dramatically portrayed listed here are no longer celebrated for the common banal purposes contained in Founding Fathers hagiography. without difficulty difficult those that persist in revering the yankee heritage established order and its tropes and falsehoods, Morgan, now ninety-three, keeps to think that the previous isn't how it turns out.

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The local leader in that part of Española, Guacanagari, rushed to the scene and with his people helped the Spaniards to salvage everything aboard. Once again Columbus was overjoyed with the remarkable natives. ” While the salvage operations were going on, canoes full of Arawaks from other parts of the island came in bearing gold. ” Thereafter it arrived in amounts calculated to console the admiral for the loss of the Santa Maria, which had to be scuttled. He decided to make his permanent headquarters on the spot and accordingly ordered a fortress to be built, with a tower and a large moat.

We were both members of several historical societies at which I had read papers. At the conclusion of each of my talks, he had risen to denounce me for a young radical and had pointed out with characteristic vigor that my papers were full of the most utter nonsense. “I admire,” he used to say, “the thoroughness of Mr. ” I don’t think he thought I was a communist or an anarchist, but perhaps that I believed in free love or the New Deal or something on that scale of monstrosity. There had, nevertheless, grown up between us, at least I like to think there had, a certain affection and respect of the kind that may take place between people who recognize each other as opposites.

On their way, however, they saw a good many things they had not been looking for and were not familiar with. When they returned to Spain to tell what they had seen, it was not a simple matter to find words for everything. For example, they had killed a large and ferocious wild animal. They called it a tiger, although there were no tigers in Spain and none of the men had ever seen one before. Listening to their story was Peter Martyr, member of the King’s Council for the Indies and possessor of an insatiable curiosity about the new land that Spain was uncovering in the west.

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