Stripped Assets: The Opening of the Atlantic and the Discovery of Mankind

David Abulafia considers Columbus’ first encounters with the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, and shows how they challenged European preconceptions about what it meant to be human.

Indians preparing for a cannibal feast in a German woodcut, c.1505 inspired by Amerigo Vespucci's account of South America.In the age of the Renaissance, roughly between the mid-fourteenth and the early sixteenth centuries, western Europeans rediscovered aspects of the Classical past that stimulated radical new ideas abou

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