Title

The Three Rhetorical Strategies of Christopher Columbus

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2002

Department

Spanish

Language

English

Publication Title

Colonial Latin American Review

Abstract

Examines how over time Christopher Columbus's writings made use of three different rhetorical strategies - nationalistic, prophetic, and apocalyptic - with the aim of increasing his influence at the Spanish court. Recently, some scholars have maintained that Columbus's allusions to prophecy and the end of time are indicative of his motives for his voyages of discovery. However, his prophetic and apocalyptic rhetoric was used only after his initial 1492 voyage and became more strident as a response to his declining influence with the Spanish crown. Further, no evidence supports the idea that Columbus developed apocalyptic ideas until the end of 1500.

Comments

Published as:
Bartosik-Vélez, Elise. "The Three Rhetorical Strategies of Christopher Columbus." Colonial Latin American Review 11, no. 1 (2002): 33-46.

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DOI

10.1080/10609160220133664

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