Heavenly Signs That Altered World History; BOOK REVIEWS
Williamson, Richard, Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
CHRISTOPHER Columbus was responsible for the eclipse story that puts all the others in the shade.
The year was 1503 and the great navigator found himself stranded in Jamaica with his ships badly in need of repair.
The locals soon became cheesed off with their unwanted guests and refused to give them food and water.
Knowing an eclipse was due Columbus warned them that his God was angry and would send a sign to show his displeasure.
Once the eclipse began the native chiefs were on their knees begging forgiveness.
It was a story to be much used by adventure writers in years to come, including Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in the Court …
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Publication information: Article title: Heavenly Signs That Altered World History; BOOK REVIEWS. Contributors: Williamson, Richard - Author. Newspaper title: Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England). Publication date: August 8, 1999. Page number: 44. © 2009 Birmingham Post & Mail Ltd. COPYRIGHT 1999 Gale Group.
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