Christopher Columbus inaugurated unprecedented global changed when he sailed from Europe to the Caribbean in 1492. But he brought with him expectations that his “discovery” of this new found route to “India” would see the beginning of the end of the world. He wrote about these expectations in his Book of Prophecies. Come behold the apocalypse on today’s Footnoting History.
The Book of Prophecies Edited By Christopher Columbus, Translated by Blair Sullivan, Edited by Roberto Rusconi, Reprint Edition, Wipf and Stock, (2004).
Christopher Columbus: The Four Voyages, Edited by J.M. Cohen, Penguin Classics, (1992).
Carol Delaney, Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem, Free Press, (2012).
Valeri Flint, The Imaginative Landscape of Christopher Columbus, Princeton University Press, (1992).
Leonard Sweet, “Christopher Columbus and the Millennial Vision of the New World,” Catholic Historical Review 72:3 (1986): 369–82, 715–16.
Pauline Moffitt Watts, “Apocalypse Then: Christopher Columbus’s Conception of History and Prophecy,” Medievalia et Humanistica New Series 19 (n.d.): 1–10.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)