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FROM HIS OWN LETTERS AND JOURNALS --AND -- OTHER DOCUMENTS OF HIS TIME. by EDWARD EVERETT HALE PREFACE CHAPTER 1. EARLY LIFE OF COLUMBUS. His Birth and Birth-place-His Early Education-His experience at Sea-His Marriage and Residence in Lisbon-- His Plans for the Discovery of a Westward Passage to the Indies CHAPTER II. HIS PLANS FOR DISCOVERY. Columbus Leaves Lisbon, and Visits Genoa--Visits Great Spanish Dukes -For Six Years is at the Court of Ferdinand and Isabella-The Council of Salamanca-His Petition is at Last Granted -Squadron Made Ready CHAPTER III. THE GREAT VOYAGE. The Squadron Sails-Refits at Canary Islands-Hopes and Fears of the Voyage -The Doubts of the Crew-- Land Discovered CHAPTER IV. The Landing on the Twelfth of October -The Natives and their Neighbors -Search for Gold-Cuba Discovered Columbus Coasts Along its Shores CHAPTER V. Landing on Cuba -The Cigar and Tobacco -Cipango and the Great Khan -From Cuba to Hayti-Its Shores and Harbors CHAPTER VI. Discovery of Hayti or Hispaniola -The Search for Gold-- Hospitality and Intelligence of the Natives--Christmas Day -A Shipwreck--Colony to be Founded -Columbus Sails East and Meets Martin Pinzon-The Two Vessels Return to Europe -Storm -The Azores-- Portugal -Home CHAPTER VII. Columbus is Called to Meet the King and Queen -His Magnificent Reception -Negotiations with the Pope and with the King of Portugal--Second Expedition Ordered -Fonseca -The Preparations at Cadiz CHAPTER VIII. The Second Expedition Sails From Cadiz-Touches at Canary Islands -Discovery of Dominica and Guadeloupe -Skirmishes with the Caribs -Porto Rico Discovered --Hispaniola -The Fate of the Colony at La Navidad CHAPTER IX. The New Colony-Expeditions of Discovery -Guacanagari-- Search for Gold-Mutiny in the Colony-The Vessels Sent Home--Columbus Marches Inland-- Collection of Gold--Fortress of St. Thomas--A New Voyage of Discovery--Jamaica Visited -The South Shore of Cuba Explored -Return -Evangelista Discovered --Columbus Falls Sick -Return to Isabella CHAPTER X. THE THIRD VOYAGE. Letter to the King and Queen--Discovery of Trinidad and Paria -Curious Speculation as to the Earthly Paradise -Arrival at San Domingo -Rebellions and Mutinies in that Island-Roldan and His Followers--Ojeda and His Expedition--Arrival of Bobadilla -Columbus a Prisoner CHAPTER XI. SPAIN, 1500, 1502. A Cordial Reception in Spain--Columbus Favorably Received at Court-New Interest in Geographical Discovery-His Plans for the Redemption of the Holy Sepulchre -Preparations for a Fourth Expedition CHAPTER XII. FOURTH VOYAGE. The Instructions Given for the Voyage--He is to go to the Mainland of the Indies--A Short Passage -Ovando Forbids the Entrance of Columbus into Harbor Bobadilla's Squadron and Its Fate -Columbus Sails Westward --Discovers Honduras, and Coasts Along Its Shores --The Search for Gold -Colony Attempted and Abandoned --The Vessels Become Unseaworthy -Refuge at Jamaica -Mutiny Led by the Brothers Porras -Messages to San Domingo -The Eclipse -Arrival of Relief --Columbus Returns to San Domingo, and to Spain CHAPTER XIII. Two Sad Years -Isabella's Death -Columbus at Seville-- His Illness -Letters to the King -journeys to Segovia --Salamanca and Valladolid -His Suit There --Philip and Juana -Columbus Executes His Will--Dies--His Burial and the Removal of His Body -His Portraits-- His Character APPENDIX A APPENDIX B APPENDIX C