Koning describes how Columbus’ consuming drive to send mountains of gold back to Spain shaped his life, beginning the story with his childhood in Genoa and ending after his return from his fourth and final voyage, an old man in disgrace. He shows how Columbus’ discovery led to the enrichment of the conquerors through the plunder and murder of the native peoples of the Americas.
In an afterword for teachers, Bill Bigelow, a high school social studies teacher and the author of several curricula, shows how the book can be imaginatively used in the classroom to teach students to read history skeptically. [Publisher’s description.]
ISBN: 9780853458258 | Monthly Review