The Last Voyage of Columbus: Being the Epic Tale of the Great Captain's Fourth Expedition, Including Accounts of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Discovery

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Little, Brown, May 8, 2006 - History - 320 pages
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The Year is 1500. Christopher Columbus, stripped of his title Admiral of the Ocean Seas, waits in chains in a Caribbean prison built under his orders, looking out at the colony that he founded, nurtured, and ruled for eight years. Less than a decade after discovering the New World, he has fallen into disgrace, accused by the royal court of being a liar, a secret Jew, and a foreigner who sought to steal the riches of the New World for himself. The tall, freckled explorer with the aquiline nose, whose flaming red hair long ago turned gray, passes his days in prayer and rumination, trying to ignore the waterfront gallows that are all too visible from his cell. And he plots for one great escape, one last voyage to the ends of the earth, one final chance to prove himself. What follows is one of history's most epic-and forgotten-adventures. Columbus himself would later claim that his fourth voyage was his greatest. It was without doubt his most treacherous. Of the four ships he led into the unknown, none returned. Columbus would face the worst storms a European explorer had ever encountered. He would battle to survive amid mutiny, war, and a shipwreck that left him stranded on a desert isle for almost a year. On his tail were his enemies, sent from Europe to track him down. In front of him: the unknown. Martin Dugard's thrilling account of this final voyage brings Columbus to life as never before-adventurer, businessman, father, lover, tyrant, and hero.

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User Review  - kenno82 - LibraryThing

For a short book focused on Columbus' last voyage, this served as a pretty good overview of his career as a whole and the political machinations that saw him fall in and out of favor with the Spanish ... Read full review

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User Review  - ursula - LibraryThing

I love books about explorers, for some reason - I've read about Magellan and Shackleton. I love books about ships - I really enjoy Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander series. I have no idea what it ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Martin Dugard is one of today's foremost adventure writers. His work appears regularly in "GQ", "Sports Illustrated" & "Esquire". He won the 1997 Dallas Press Club "Katie" award for Best Magazine Sports Story. An avid adventurer himself, Dugard has completed the Raid Gauloises adventure race three times. He is co-holder of the Around the World Speed Record (New York New York in 31 hours, 28 minutes) & he makes his home with his wife & three boys in Orange County, California.

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