Adversity's Wake: The Calamitous Fourth Voyage of Christopher Columbus

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The author grew up on Cape Cod and fell in love with boats when his father built him a small pram. He later went on to become a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain and spent 20 years operating yachts and small commercial vessels throughout the Great Lakes, the eastern seaboard of the U.S. and in the offshore oil fields of Louisiana. He also was the captain of an 85' sailboat on the French Riviera and the Spanish Costa del Sol for three years before sailing it to the U.S. in the Fall of 1991. On his return to the States he bought a small, 26', sailboat of his own and took off for 9 months and sailed alone to Mexico, Belize and the Rio Dulce in Guatemala.

In addition to a career on the water, the author also worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor and hospital public relations director. He also taught a course in Nautical Science for the Jefferson Parish (Louisiana) school system.

He is currently retired and lives mainly in Chiriqui Province in the Republic of Panama.

Adversity's Wake: The Calamitous Fourth Voyage of Christopher Columbus

Authored by Richard S. Philbrick
Translated by Ms. Stephany M. Peñaloza, Ms. Deyreth García

Everyone knows of Columbus's history-changing voyage of 1492. Few know he made three others to what became known as the "New World."

His fourth, and final, voyage was the stuff of fiction. The Admiral of the Ocean Sea battled hurricanes, constant storms and contrary currents. He fought pitched battles with the indigenous tribes in what is now Panama where he had to abandon two of his ships. Attempting to reach Santo Domingo in vessels barely afloat the adventurers were marooned on Jamaica. Two of the crew and a handful of Indians made a daring open-ocean journey in dugout canoes across the Windward Passage to bring word of their companion's fate. Half of the marooned crew mutinied eventually leading to a bloody confrontation between shipmates.

The author created a fictional narrator and a young orphan who made the journey in order to tell the story of this epic sea adventure. Two young students at the Universidad Latina in David, Panama, Stephany Peñaloza and Deyreth García, chose to translate this book while working towards their degrees in English language studies.

This book is intended for Spanish-speaking students studying English. The English text is presented in BOLD text followed immediately by the Spanish translation in ITALICS. This unique formatting allows the reader's eye to easily follow the story in English and then, if needed, check their comprehension by reading the Spanish translation.

Publication Date:
1475266510 / 9781475266511
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Action & Adventure

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