PHIL233—A5: Columbus Assignment A misconception persists that Christopher Columbus couldn’t initially get funding for his voyage to the new world because potential investors believed the earth was flat. In fact, he couldn’t get funding because he was a bad geometer. His estimation of the earth’s circumference was far smaller than it had been known for centuries to be. Some blame the historical misconception (not Columbus’s miscalculation) on Washington Irving’s biography of Columbus. Part I Do some investigation on Washington Irving’s biography on Christopher Columbus and comment both on the adequacy of (1) Irving’s sources for his book project and on the adequacy of (2) Irving’s book as a source on Columbus. Propose a reason for any difference you find between the adequacy of (1) and (2).
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