Answered By: Katie Hutchison Last Updated: Aug 08, 2016 Views: 1955
Answered By: Katie Hutchison
Last Updated: Aug 08, 2016 Views: 1955
- The Journal of Christopher Columbus - Item available in the Walsh Library
- Letter from Christopher Colom [Columbus], dated April 1493
- Medieval Sourcebook: Christopher Columbus: Extracts from Journal
- Requimento, 1514 - an announcement that the Spanish explorers (conquistadors) read to the Indians when they arrived in a new land. Note: it was read in Spanish, even though the Indians did not speak Spanish.
- ARTstor - This database is full of high quality art work. You can restrict your searches to a certain time period and/or area. Art is considered a primary source and can give you an insight into different aspects of the culture at the time period (wealth, clothing, what was important enough to document as art, etc.)
- Bartoleme de Las Casas, Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies. (1542) - Written after the Spanish priest witnessed the cruelty against the Arawak in the 1500s.
- The Doctrine of Discovery, 1493, Pope Alexander VI - The Papal Bull “Inter Caetera,” issued by Pope Alexander VI on May 4, 1493, played a central role in the Spanish conquest of the New World. The document supported Spain’s strategy to ensure its exclusive right to the lands discovered by Columbus the previous year. It established a demarcation line one hundred leagues west of the Azores and Cape Verde Islands and assigned Spain the exclusive right to acquire territorial possessions and to trade in all lands west of that line. All others were forbidden to approach the lands west of the line without special license from the rulers of Spain. This effectively gave Spain a monopoly on the lands in the New World.
- Christopher Columbus’s letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain (1493)
- Fordham University Internet History Sourcebook - list of primary sources they have compiled. Includes the Age of Exploration.
There are quite a few directions you could go; email Katie Hutchison (the history liaison librarian) at firstname.lastname@example.org for more assistance.