"In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. He had three ships and left from Spain; He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain."

These lines begin a grade-school poem recited by young Americans across the country. Exploration, trade, and happy sailors comprise the bulk of plotline, teaching children that a "new world" was the object of Columbus' travels. Christian History & Biography provides a more accurate historical recounting of this childhood tale. In this issue, you will learn of Columbus' spiritual calling to explore, encounter heated debates over evangelistic techniques in the new world, and enter a delicate discussion of the relationship between the Cross and the sword.

  • The Native American response to Christianity
  • Christian responses to Columbus
  • Christian missions in America
  • Spanish expansion
  • Notes from Columbus’s journal

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