The Last Voyage of Columbus by Martin Dugard
Being the Epic Tale of the Great Captain's Fourth Expedition, Including Accounts of Swordfight, Mutiny, Shipwreck, Gold, War, Hurricane, and Discovery

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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.

About Martin Dugard

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MARTIN DUGARD has been a leading authority and writer on running and endurance sports for more than 20 years. His work has appeared extensively in Runner's World, Outside, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and GQ. His books include the New York Times bestsellers The Last Voyage of Columbus and Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone. This is his seventh book.
Published June 1, 2005 by Little, Brown and Company. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Vivid narrative of the explorer’s fourth and most harrowing New World trip reveals a courageous, enigmatic man who weathered the perils of nature and the intrigue of contemporaries high and low.

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"For a guy who's been dead five centuries," says Dugard, "Columbus was very much a physical presence as I wrote this book."

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Writer Martin Dugard presents an admiring, insightful yet balanced portrait of Christopher Columbus in The Last Voyage of Columbus.

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After the ship's put to sea, the story shifts to the harshness of a trans-ocean crossing, shipwrecks, Indian attacks, mutiny, hurricanes, suicidal rescue attempts, the fortunate arrival of a lunar eclipse, and the desperation of Columbus and his men to survive the trip back to Spain.

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