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Title: History of the United States from the earliest discovery of America to the present time
Year: 1912 (1910s)
Authors: Andrews, Elisha Benjamin, 1844-1917 James, James Alton, 1864-1962
Subjects: United States — History
Publisher: New York : Charles Scribner’s Sons
Contributing Library: New York Public Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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own to our time, one ofthe most interesting volumes in the world.Friar Orderics eastern travels in 1322-1330, as appropriated by Sir John Mande-ville, were published before 1371. Columbus knew these writings, and thereading and re-reading of them had madehim an enthusiast. In Polos book he hadlearned of Mangi and Far Cathay, withtheir thousands of gorgeous cities, themeanest finer than any then in Europe ; oftheir abounding mines pouring forth infi-nite wealth, their noble rivers, happy popu-lations, curious arts, and benign govern-ment. Polo had told him of Cambalu(Peking), winter residence of the GreatKhan, Kublai—Cambalu with its palaces ofmarble, golden-roofed, its guard of ten thou-sand soldiers, its imperial stables containingfive thousand elephants, its unnumberedarmy, navy, and merchant marine ; of oxen 4- D/SCO VERY AND SETTLEMENT [r300 huge as elephants ; of richest spices, nutslarge as melons, canes fifteen yards long, 05 \ E* I is sj ■^ti OQ GO a o s H00 i^-^J-J ») Is
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silks, cambrics, and the choicest furs; andof magic Cipango (japan), island of pearlswhose streets were paved with gold. 1456] COLUMBUS 43 Columbus believed all this, and it co-operated with his intense and even bigotedreligious faith to kindle in him an all-con-suming ambition to reach this distant Edenby sea, that he might carry the Gospel tothose opulent heathen and partake theirunbounded temporal riches in return. Poorspecimen of a saint as Columbus is nowknown to have been, he believed himselfdivinely called to this grand enterprise. Christopher Columbus, or Christobal Co-lon, as he always signed himself after heentered the service of Spain, was born inGenoa about 1456. Little is certainlyknown of his early life. His father was ahumble wool-carder. The youth possessedbut a sorry education, spite of his fewmonths at the University of Pavia. At theage of fourteen he became a sailor, knock-ing about the world in the roughest man-ner, half the time practically a pirate. Inan all-days
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