And There Was America

And There Was America

By: Roger Duvoisin
Published by: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: 1938

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"What will you do for me if I give you some ships?" the king of Spain asked Columbus.

"I will bring you all the precious things of the East," answered Columbus. "I will find new lands of which you will be king. I will also teach the people of China the stories in the Bible."

"And what do you want for yourself?" asked the queen.

"I want to be admiral," said Columbus. "I want to be governor of all the lands I find. Besides I want a part of all the things that I bring back."

"Oh, no! That's too much," exclaimed the king and the queen together. "We won't give you any ships. That's too much."

Mr. Duvoisin has carefully selected the facts and characters which are most significant in our early history. He has presented them with charm and vivacity. This is the way history—especially a history as romantic as that of America's discovery and settlement—should come to the person who is hearing it for the first time. To grasp the breathless thrill of these stories they should be first discovered in just such a setting as this—one of accurate scholarly information presented with real delight.

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