The Second Voyage of Christopher Columbus from Cadiz to Hispaniola and the Discovery of the Lesser Antilles

The Second Voyage of Christopher Columbus from Cadiz to Hispaniola and the Discovery of the Lesser Antilles

The Second Voyage of Christopher Columbus from Cadiz to Hispaniola and the Discovery of the Lesser Antilles

The Second Voyage of Christopher Columbus from Cadiz to Hispaniola and the Discovery of the Lesser Antilles

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Although none of Columbus's later voyages have the romantic interest of the First, all rank among the greatest 'traffiques and discoueries' of modern times; and the last three deserve more careful study than they have had hitherto. The Second Voyage, in which Columbus discovered the Lesser Antilles from Dominica northward, and Puerto Rico and Jamaica as well, was his most successful, and the sources for it are the most varied and interesting of his entire career. Yet his course among these islands has never been accurately traced, nor have the names that he gave to them been definitely determined. The first I have tried to do by sailing in the Admiral's wake; on the second I have made some progress through a study of the documents, and of sixteenth- century maps of the West Indies.

There have been some very keen intellects among the Columbian scholars of the last century, but almost all have been persons with-

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