enthusiastically than in Spain. In fact, in 1492, there is evidence that even Christopher Columbus was a devotee. Columbus was a Franciscan Tertiary (a member of the lay order) and while he waited for news of financial backing for his first expedition, he spent more than a year at a Franciscan monastery called
[First paragraph]Columbus and the Ends of the Earth: Europe's Prophetic Rhetoric As Conquering Ideology. DJELAL KADIR. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992. xiv + 256 pp. (Cloth US$ 30.00)The Imaginative Landscape of Christopher Columbus. VALERIE IJ. FLINT. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992. xx + 233 pp. (Cloth US$ 30.00)Terra Cognita: The Mental Discovery of America. EVIATAR ZERUBAVEL. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1992. xiv + 164 pp. (Cloth US$ 17.00)Imagining the World: Mythical Belief versus Reality in Global Encounters. O.R. DATHORNE. Westport CT: Bergin & Garvey, 1994. x + 241 pp. (Cloth US$ 49.95)Three of the books under review were published in 1992, and each of them approaches the significance of Columbus's landfall 500 years earlier in a different way. What they have in common, as their titles and subtitles indicate, is that they all purport to be about a mental framework - an "imaginative landscape" (Flint), a "mental discovery" (Zerubavel), "Europe's prophetic rhetoric as conquering ideology" (Kadir), or "imagining the world" (Dathorne).The 1992 commemoration led to a flood of books on Columbus and on the discovery of America. Now that the commotion has died down, it becomes easier to separate the wheat from the chaff, to distinguish between occasional publications hastily put together for the occasion, and solid contributions to scholarship which, while never immune to their own times, may be expected to retain a value that is more than temporary.
Philippines, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. The Knights of Columbus began as a small local fraternal society organized for benevolent purposes and by 1905 had spread across the United States. Led by the desire...
Americas. Columbus’s search was, in the mold of earlier explorers, initially for a distant ally whose power could be combined with that of the Spanish monarchs to defeat Islam. Failing in this search, Columbus and those who followed him attempted to associate this new and distant world with some other form
[First paragraph]Columbus. FELIPE FERNANDEZ-ARMESTO. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. xxvii + 218 pp. (Cloth US$ 16.95, Paper US$ 6.99)The Worlds of Christopher Columbus. WILLIAM D. PHILLIPS, JR. & CARLA RAHN PHILLIPS. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992. xii + 322 pp. (Cloth US$ 27.95)In Search of Columbus: The Sources for the First Voyage. DAVID HENIGE. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1991. xiii + 359 pp. (Cloth US$ 29.95)Columbus and the Golden World of the Island Arawaks: The Story of the First Americans and Their Caribbean Environment. D.J.R. WALKER. Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle, 1992. 320 pp. (Cloth US$ 12.95)By the time this review appears in print, the Quincentenary celebrations and/or deprecations of the event will be slowly fading into most welcomed oblivion. There will be, of course, the unavoidable local commemorations of specific events: the discovery of such and such island, the anniversary of some European misdeed, the struggle for the valley of Mexico; but the collective remembrance of the Encounter/Discovery will have been allowed to run its course. In truth, after a veritable flood of publications, seminars, operas, protests, and ghastly movies, one is not too sorry to see the whole affair put safely away for another century. If there is any consolation to this continuous process of recovered memories and history, it is that a good number of sensible and scholarly works have been published - including some of those reviewed here - which demolish the idealization and glorification of the Atlantic enterprise and set the history of the Encounter/Discovery within a proper historical context.
– and journey – was consciously thematized as important, although unusual, as can be seen in the following description from 1904:
Throughout the years, journalists have discovered Łódź like Columbus. Journals were filled with articles about the “recently discovered” city, just as soon to
Bibliographic entry in Chapter 9: The United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean, 1900-1941 | The Mexican Revolution authorMeyer, Michael C.imprintHistoria Mexicana 28 (April-June 1979): 546-66.annotationIn this essay, an earlier version of Meyer's "Felix Sommerfeld and the Columbus Raid
, allegedly a German agent, somehow encouraged Villa to attack Columbus, New Mexico, to divert the Wilson administration from Europe. Meyer, a careful scholar, finds no convincing proof.keywordsMexico; M...