Columbus’s Book of Privileges

13 Oct

Columbus was not a disinterested explorer. He was concerned about what he and his family would get out the voyages he made. Thus he had compiled in 1502 his Book of Privileges, shortly before he left on his fourth and last voyage.

This book is rare; there are only four copies. The Library of Congress has one of the three vellum copies. You can learn more about the book here: See it Now: Columbus’s Book of Privileges | Library of Congress Blog.

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One Response to “Columbus’s Book of Privileges”

  1. jhubers October 13, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    Hi, Doug,

    I did a paper on Columbus for one of my PhD courses that got published in Missiology. I just discovered that there is a copy online. Here is the link. Would be interested to get your response if you have time to read it: http://mis.sagepub.com/content/37/3/333.full.pdf

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