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In the American Grain Chapter Summary & Analysis - The Discovery of the Indies Summary

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The Discovery of the Indies Summary

An omniscient narrator first gives an overview of Columbus' "infatuated course" in search of the Indies. This narrator likens his first voyage to a pure white flower, but adds that the voyages subsequently turned out to be, or Columbus proved them to be, more akin to a poisoned apple. As Columbus' voice confirms, he is turned on, stolen from, and denied. He writes to the queen of Spain, stressing the work he has done for her over four trips and twenty years, and describes in journalistic detail every day of one such voyage -- to find America. That voyage sees he and his men facing torrential storms, miserable waves, the loss of provisions, boats, and ship parts, as well as dismay, depression, and disease and illness which fall a number of times on the cattle on board...

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