Christopher Columbus: Journal and Selected Writings

Introduction

Christopher Columbus's journal is a diary and logbook written by Christopher Columbus about his first voyage. The journal covers events from 3 August 1492, when Columbus departed from Palos de la Frontera, to 6 November of the same year. Columbus is known by several contemporary references to have kept a journal of the voyage as a daily record of events and as an evidence for the Catholic Monarchs.[1] Upon his return to Spain in the spring of 1493 Columbus presented the journal to Isabella I of Castile. She had it copied, retained the original, and gave the copy to Columbus before his second voyage.[2] The whereabouts of the original Spanish text has not been known since 1504.[2] Copies based on an abstract from the journal have been made, most notably by Bartolomé de las Casas.[1]


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