In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
“A Man Among the Gentiles” -1 Nephi 13:12
The story of Christopher Columbus has become so enshrouded in myth over the centuries, and so distorted by political correctness in recent decades, that the facts of his life remain largely a mystery to all but a handful of scholars.
And yet, author Clark B. Hinckley reminds us, the Book of Mormon prophet Nephi suggests that Columbus stands out as “a man among the Gentiles.” In fact, Lehi and Nephi describe only two specific individuals in their prophecy of the latter-day restoration of the gospel: Christopher Columbus and Joseph Smith.
Columbus himself wrote that he was inspired by the Holy Ghost to undertake his great voyage of discovery, a claim some historians struggle to accept. But this candid and revealing book at the life of Christopher Columbus shows us a man with a great dream.
Through research into original Spanish texts and accounts written in Colombus’s own hand, the author retraces the journeys of this dedicated explorer to uncover what may be the most remarkable aspect of Columbus’s life: the degree to which he understood his prophetic mission and his place in history.