Letter From the First Voyage, 1493. Christopher Columbus

  1. What was Columbus’s purpose when he wrote this letter?
  2. Based on his descriptions, what seems to be his attitude toward the inhabitants of the islands he explored?
  3. The Europeans engaged in trade with the Indians and prided themselves upon getting a good deal. How did the trade work? Do you think the Indians felt the same way?
  4. What appear to be the overall goals of the Spanish explorers?
  5. Based on this letter, can you make some generalizations about 15th century European views of alien/new cultures?