disclaimer: I was given a copy of 1492: A Novel of Christopher Columbus, the Spanish Inquisition, and a World at the Turning Point, by Newton Frohlich AND a copy to give away in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own.
I remember reciting this simple poem in elementary school:
In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.
He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.
A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.
Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.
Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.
Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.
October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!
“Indians! Indians!” Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.
But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.
The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.
Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been told.
He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.
The first American? No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.
I learned so many things in school that seemed to have changed as I have grown up. This incredible book is a great example of that – dropping light on things like how Queen Isabella didn’t fund his voyage because she was too busy funding the Spanish Inquisition. I wish I could tell you more, but I hate it when people spoil a story for me, so I won’t. I will just say that this was a great read that really dragged you in to the book.
Here is the perfect giveaway for your favorite history buff or avid book reader – we get to give a copy away to a lucky reader!