The Three Rhetorical Strategies of Christopher Columbus
Colonial Latin American Review
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.
Bartosik-Vélez, Elise, "The Three Rhetorical Strategies of Christopher Columbus" (2002). Dickinson College Faculty Publications. Paper 140.