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After 525 years the traditional literature recounting the history of Columbus’s epic voyage and first encounters with Native Americans remains Eurocentric focused principally whether pro or anti Columbus on Columbus and the European perspective A historical novel Encounters Unforeseen 1492 Retold now dramatizes these events from a bicultural perspective fictionalizing the beliefs thoughts and actions of the Native Americans who met Columbus side by side with those of Columbus and other Europeans all based on a close reading of Columbus’s Journal other primary sources and anthropological studiesThe drama alternates among three Taíno chieftains Caonabó Guacanagarí and Guarionex and a Taíno youth Columbus captures Spain’s ueen Isabella and King Ferdinand and Columbus himself It depicts the education loves and marriages and other life experiences each brought to the unforeseen encounters and then their astonishment fears and objectives in 1492 and 1493 The focus includes the Taíno “discovery” of Europe when Columbus hauls the captive and other Taínos back to Spain as well as the chieftains’ reactions to the abusive garrison of What a delightful historical account of the REAL story of Columbus's journey to the new world in 1492 I love that 'Encounters Unforeseen 1492 Retold' finally gives the human story of the interaction between the Europeans as well as the Tainos perspective The author depicts all of the men and women as real people All were taken off of the pedestal They had their good sides they had their bad side They all had wants desires and destinies that made them all humanI truly enjoyed reading Encounters Unforeseen It's a book that I encourage the reader to slowly savor and reflect as they read We've been fed so much BS over the years that it's difficult to see Columbus as an unknown who just wanted funding to travel Basically the same dream most humans still have in today's world I'd love to see the author have a special cruise set up so that the readers can journey in the footsteps of all of the places he traveled to research this magnificent factual account of Columbus's travels As well as the travels of the Tainos who traveled back with Columbus to discover Europe Hey they were real people too and don't think they didn't lust after the same dreams of ColumbusI easily see this novel becoming a must read in American history classes from junior high to graduate level It only took 525 years to get what is probably the best recorded historical account that gives the full bi cultural perspective Well worth the money well worth the time to savor and devour Enjoy as I know I certainly did

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Encounters UnforeseenSeamen Columbus leaves behind in the Caribbean Throughout the Taíno protagonists are neither merely victims nor statistics but personalities and actors comparable to the European and their side of the story is forcefully toldThe novel weaves a fascinating tapestry of scenes and dialogues from the historical record often incorporating text from primary sources Isabella plots her dynastic marriage argues with Ferdinand over who’s supreme and wages war to expand their kingdoms The chieftains take multiple wives to consolidate their rules vie to marry the beautiful Anacaona and battle Caribe raiders An unknown Columbus conceives a fanciful voyage marries advantageously to promote it and yet suffers an agonizing decade of ridicule and rejection Guacanagarí rescues Columbus when the Santa María sinks but Caonabó uestions Guacanagarí’s generosity and Guarionex is vexed having witnessed a religious prophecy of Taíno genocide inflicted by a “clothed people” Columbus teaches his captive Christianity initiating the following centuries’ collision of Christianity with Native American religion and spiritsThe Taíno stories depict both ev Wow I'm amazed at the 4 star and 5 star reviews of this historical novel which reads like 70% history 25% psychological speculation and only 5% novel Don't get me wrong I love studying history People whose reviews consist of gushing over the amount of research the author put in are completely neglecting the fact that he CHOSE to use that research to write a novel not a history book and it's barely a novel at all Apparently as a retired attorney he felt unualified to publish a book of history so he chose to write a novel but to me it just doesn't work For one thing there are far too many characters I say this as someone whose favorite novel is War and Peace and the Caribbean characters do not have distinct enough personalities to track them against the completely unfamiliar names used for places we modern readers know as the Bahamas Haiti Dominican Republic and Cuba For the entire novel I thought Bohio was referring to Puerto Rico which as it turns out was never in the novel that's how confused I was Incidentally I did read this on Kindle so I was probably hampered by not being able to see the maps given For another thing his treatment of the Catholic faith appeared to be his own speculation about how Columbus and Iberians went through mental contortions to reconcile their Christianity with their brutality against non Catholics I could just as easily speculate their mindset myself as being hypocritical corrupted by power corrupted by money or even just phony but my speculation is simply that His efforts to imagine these characters as having genuine but convoluted Christian beliefs leaves them all having bizarre internal dialogues which simply do not succeed as fleshing them out as believable characters He does accurately point out that Africans Ottomans Arabs Greeks Italians AND Caribbeans were all taking slaves so it is that much belabored that he spends so much time on Columbus Isabella Ferdinand and King John's speculated religious beliefs to come up with his own theory of how they reconciled Catholicism with brutal slavery not to mention the expulsion of Jews and theft of their property The author's efforts to speculate these internal beliefs for me is just too belabored to produce characters with authentic internal dialogues Thus they never rise to the level of fictional characters they remain historic figures with superimposed psychological speculations and this reader just could not get immersed emotionally at all except for the enslaved Caribbeans who actually WERE fictional characters This is a very ambitious novel and you will certainly learn a lot historically but I do wish that the author had spent time researching how to write a NOVEL

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Encounters Unforeseen mobi ☆ Kindle Edition read Ê After 525 years the traditional literature recounting the history of Columbus’s epic voyage and first encounters with Native Americans remains Eurocentric focused principally—whether pro or anti Columbus—on Columbus and the European perspective A historical novel EncounterEnts known to have occurred eg the chieftains’ ascensions to power the prophecy of genocide the captive’s baptism in Spain and known practices or experiences eg inter island canoe travel a hurricane a Caribe wife raid a batey game The Isabella and Ferdinand stories include their establishment of the Inuisition subjugation and Christianization of the Canary Islands completion of the Reconuista and expulsion of the Jews from Spain illustrating European doctrines of conuest enslavement and involuntary conversion and how the sovereigns ruled over Old World peoples before encountering Native Americans The Columbus stories portray his pre 1492 sailing experiences and the evolution of his world outlook and his thoughts during the encounters embody the concepts underlying the European subjugation of Native Americans over the following centuries Stark societal differences are illustrated with the Europeans practicing African slavery and the Taínos sharing food as communal propertyA Sources section briefly discusses interpretations of historians and anthropologists contrary to the author’s presentation as well as issues of academic disagreemen I picked this up thinking maybe it was an update of the excellent books 1492 and 1493 but this is entirely different Rowen does a great job of putting us in the world of the Europeans and the Tainos to help us understand a bit about what the initial contact must have been likeRowen covers the history up to the point where Columbus is preparing for his second voyageThe book definitely left me wanting to know about all the historical characters Given that there is not epilogue I am hoping he will do a seuel Maybe spoilersAt the point he leaves off Columbus is still in Spain a large share of his initial crew is still on Haiti making a mess of things and the Tainos still feel they have some control over their future