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Columbus, Christopher (1451-1506) Letter of Christopher Columbus to Rafael Sanchez, written on board the caravel while returning from his first voyage.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08615 Author/Creator: Columbus, Christopher (1451-1506) Place Written: Chicago, Illinois Type: Pamphlet Date: 1893 Pagination: 34 p.

Summary of Content: Title continues: "Published at Barcelona, May, 1493." Facsimile of the first publication concerning America. First 20 pages, Latin text in facsimile (black letter, with illustrations); followed by English translation. Published in Chicago by the W. H. Lowdermilk Company.

People: Columbus, Christopher, ca. 1451-1506

Historical Era: The Americas to 1620

Subjects: Frontiers and ExplorationMaritimeGlobal History and CivicsForeign Affairs

Sub Era: Exploration

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