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Please describe/explain Christopher Columbus' journal of his 1492 voyage.

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Columbus' original journals were delivered under seal to Ferdinand and Isabella upon his return to Spain. He did not write a "summary letter" as the above answer suggests, nor did he keep two journals. The original journals were misplaced, however Bartolome de las Casas claimed to "remember" the details of the journals and reconstructed them. De las Casas' versions of the journals suggest that Colombus deceived his crew as to the actual distance travelled:

Sunday, 9 September. Sailed this day nineteen leagues, and determined to count less than the true number, that the crew might not be dismayed if the voyage should prove long. In the night sailed one hundred and twenty miles, at the rate of ten miles an hour, which make thirty leagues. The sailors steered badly, causing the vessels to fall to leeward toward the northeast, for which the Admiral reprimanded them repeatedly.

Monday, 10 September. This day and night sailed sixty leagues, at the rate of ten miles an hour, which are two...

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