Columbus' letters back home
March 4, 2014 7:53 PM Subscribe
What's the best history book on the immediate aftermath of Columbus' discoveries in Europe? Looking for something that covers, say, the first 50-100 years after the discovery of the New World, and discusses what was found out & when and how people reacted.
posted by Diablevert to Society & Culture (4 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I've been catching up on the British Museum's podcast, the History of the World in 100 objects, and the one on Durer's Rhinocerous really piqued my curiosity to learn more about that specific era, when Europeans were just learning about the peoples, flora and fauna of the New World as well as establishing direct routes to India and the Far East. I feel like I've read a fair bit about the new world's side of it, but I'm curious about the reaction in the old.
Looking for something in a Bill Bryson-ish mold if possible, something that will have a lot of the small curious details about controversies and fads and minor disputes and curiosities as opposed to big, sweeping overviews of great power politics.