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Columbus' description of New World promotes colonization

Question 1: Evaluate how Columbus "set the stage" for continued colonization by speaking so positively of the "promised land" (even though the wrong one) in his "Letter to Luis de Santangel" by using imagery to depict for his audience images of perfection and plenty in the new land

Question 2:Analyze how the writings of both Columbus and Smith not only "set the stage" for continued colonization but also planted the seeds creating a permanent mythical "promised land" accompanied by the outgrowth of subsequent colonial or frontier tales that became a part of Americana. Use quotes from the assigned readings to illustrate and support your points

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Question 1: Evaluate how Columbus "set the stage" for continued colonization by speaking so positively of the "promised land" (even though the wrong one) in his "Letter to Luis de Santangel" by using imagery to depict for his audience images of perfection and plenty in the new land.

Consider the fact that Columbus wasn't necessarily writing from the heart here. He is very concerned with the possibility of securing funding for future voyages. He has made this first voyage and wants to make the best presentation possible. The king and queen of Spain have invested a significant sum of money for outfitting the journey. Columbus knows that they are desirous of enjoying a substantial return on their investment. He knows that the first news to be broadcast will be the one that enjoys the best chance of being regarded as truth by the hearers. Before his men or officers have the opportunity to share their own ...

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This discussion regards Christopher Columbus' imaginative and flowery description of the New World. How did this description promote colonization? How does it compare to John Smith's description of Virginia and New England? Over 600 words of original text along with links to informative websites containing primary source documents.

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