Just Who Was That Man?

No one is sure what Columbus looked like, but enough is known about him that the dispute over his legacy should not obscure his real accomplishments

Has the 500th anniversary of the first voyage of Christopher Columbus added to the primary evidence about him -- what he did, how he thought, what kind of man he was? Not by much.

No new letters to or by Columbus have been found. Neither have traces of any wrecked ships from his four voyages, though newly found documents in Seville have cast some light on the rigging and fitting of the little Nina.

In 1492 Columbus left 39 men from the crew of the wrecked Santa Maria to fend for themselves at La Navidad in Haiti. When he came back...

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