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How would you describe the tone of Christopher Columbus's letters?

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The tone of Christopher Columbus's letters is triumphant and positive when he's describing his discoveries. In his first letter, he even opens by saying that the recipient will take pleasure in hearing the success of his undertaking. From the beginning, it's clear that Columbus is pleased with his actions and what he's found as he traveled.

He describes positive meetings with the Native people he encounters and explains things he thinks Sanchez will want to hear. For example, he says that they never refuse to give away things that they're asked for and that they're naturally timid. They don't want to fight. They don't have advanced weaponry. His details are colorful and focus on things that the finance minister would be interested in hearing.

The recipient makes a difference in the tone, however. For example, when Columbus is writing to the finance minister of the king and queen, it sounds like he's writing an equal. He's forthright and excited and shares details openly and at great...

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