Over five hundred years ago today Christopher Columbus made land fall here in the America's. The American Treasures Exhibition in the Library of Congress contains five original documents which house information concerning Columbus’ voyages and discoveries. The first is suggested to be the earliest historical document of the first three voyages. The image is a map of the island of Hispaniola where the first permanent European settlement in America was located. The third is the “Book of Privileges” that contains the documents Columbus gathered to show the titles and powers Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand had blessed him and his descendants. Finally, the Latin translation of Columbus’ letter, written in 1493 describing his discoveries, was the vehicle for passing news of his discoveries through Europe. This 8-page letter is on display at the Library of Congress, and this site includes an English translation. Also included is Columbus-related document in the exhibition; an account of Columbus’ life written by his son.
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