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Columbus's Outpost among the TainosSpain and America at La Isabela, 1493-1498$
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Kathleen Deagan and Jose Maria Cruxent

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300090406

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300090406.001.0001

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Columbus and La Isabela

Columbus and La Isabela

(p.1) Chapter 1 Columbus and La Isabela
Columbus's Outpost among the Tainos

Kathleen Deagan

José María Cruxent

Yale University Press

This chapter tells the story of Christopher Columbus's departure from Cadiz in 1493 on his second voyage to America. A jubilant affair, it stood in stark contrast to the sailing of his first expedition a year earlier. Instead of the three small, meagerly outfitted vessels that left in 1492 under a cloud of public skepticism, in the second fleet he commanded 17 ships and more than 1200 eager men, infused with what Spanish historian Antonio Ballesteros Beretta has called the ilusion indiana, dreams of “the wild lands, the exuberant vegetation, the sweet climate, the fragrant flora, the landscape of marvels, the new animals...the tobacco and the thousand plants unknown to the Europeans...and the hopes they inspired of finding many more marvels.”

Keywords:   expedition, Christopher Columbus, Cadiz, public skepticism, Spanish historian, Antonio Ballesteros Beretta, ilusion indiana

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