Columbus’ Voyage

In the opening chapter of his book, Roger Daniels argues that Christopher Columbus was œa man who, when he started, didn’t know where he was going, when he arrived[,]

didn’t know where he was, and when he returned, didn’t know where he had been. However, Columbus œplanted the first permanent European colony in the New World (page

15). Do a thorough search about the circumstances of his first trans-Atlantic voyage (August 3 “ October 12, 1492).  Study at least two of the recommended sources (as

listed below). Take good notes. Then summarize your findings. In a concise informative essay, refer to the sources.


œChristopher Columbus and the Spanish Empire. The European Voyages of Exploration. Saylor Foundation, n.d. Web. 16 Sept. 2014.  Available at

Flint, Valerie I.J. œChristopher Columbus. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2014. Web. 16 Sept. 2014. Available at

Minster, Christopher. œThe First New World Voyage of Christopher Columbus (1492). Christopher Columbus’ Four Voyages to the New World,, 2014. Web. 16 Sept.

2014. Available at

Zinn, Howard. A People’s History of the United States, 1492-Present. HarperCollins, 2003 (Selected Parts of Chapter 1: œColumbus, the Indians, and Human Progress).

Google Books. Google, n.d. Web. 16 Sept. 2014. Available at’s+History+of+the+united