Bernard Lewis

in Cultures in Conflict

Published in print April 1996 | ISBN: 9780195102833
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854509 | DOI:

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This chapter examines issues concerning the discovery of the American continent in 1492. It mentions the beliefs of some analysts that the term discovery is both misleading and demeaning because the Western hemisphere was already there before the white men arrived to conquer and exploit it. Ths chapter also suggests that the term America is inappropriate to a continent that had flourished long before an Italian cartographer called Amerigo Vespucci made the momentous discovery that the place on the far side of Atlantic was not Asia. There are also questions about the character and motives of Christopher Columbus for his voyage to America and he appears in the literature at times as a combination of the less amiable features of Attila the Hun, Jengiz Khan, and Adolf Hitler.

Keywords: America; discovery; Amerigo Vespucci; Christopher Columbus; conquest; Western Hemisphere

Chapter.  6273 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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