Columbus and Christianity in the Americas: Recommended Resources
• Felipe Fernández-Armesto, Columbus (Oxford,1991). This superb Spanish author and Columbus scholar carefully uses primary and corroborated sources to place Columbus in context. Good chronology.
• Samuel Eliot Morison, Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus (Little, Brown, 1942). This classic brought the author the Pulitzer Prize. Loaded with maps.
• Herman J. Viola and Carolyn Margolis, Seeds of Change: Five Hundred Years Since Columbus (Smithsonian, 1991). A magnificent treatment of the Smithsonian exhibit on five transforming “seeds”: sugar, maize, disease, the horse, and the potato. Newsweek’s “When Worlds Collide” (Fall/Winter, 1991) summarizes the exhibit and book.
• Delco C. West and August Kling, translators, The Libro de las profecías of Christopher Columbus Florida, 1991); Kay Brigham, Christopher Columbus’s Book of Prophecies: Reproduction of the Original Manuscript with English Translation (TSELF, 1991). Translations of Columbus’s unique work; they give insight into his religious mind.
Latin American Christianity
• Enrique Dussel, A History of the Church in Latin America: Colonialism to Liberation (Eerdmans, 1981). Systematic, penetrating research from a Catholic, liberationist perspective.
• H. McKennie Goodpasture, ed., Cross and Sword: An Eyewitness History of Christianity in Latin America (Orbis, 1989). An excellent anthology of letters and documents from 1492 to present.
• Miguel Leon-Portilla, ed., The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico (Beacon, 1992). An invaluable look through native’s eyes.
• Charles H . Lippy, Robert Choquette, and Stafford Poole, Christianity Comes to the Americas: 1492–1776, (Giniger, 1992). A detailed overview ...