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Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem

Five hundred years after he set sail, the prevailing view of Christopher Columbus holds him responsible for everything that went wrong in the New World. By situating him in the cultural context of his time, however, anthropologist Carol Delaney reveals the little known reasons that motivated him to undertake his voyage. Not only does Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem change our understanding of Columbus, it is a parable for our turbulent times. Through field work at the key sites of Columbus’s life and extensive archival research, Delaney discovered that Columbus himself had stated the purpose of his voyages: to obtain gold, through peaceful trade, to finance a crusade to take back Jerusalem from the Muslims.

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