An Idea takes shape

United States, 1991

Film
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Episode number 2 of Series “Columbus and the age of discovery”.
Beginning with the 1992 project to recreate the ships used by Columbus on his famous voyage of discovery, this episode takes us through the period of preparation preceding Columbus’ voyage - the reason behind the development of his belief that Cathay (China) could be reached by sailing west rather than east; his training in maritime cartography in Lisbon; and his voyage to Portuguese west Africa where he experienced first hand the fabulous wealth possible from the gold and slave trades. Undeterred by the Portuguese king’s rejection of his proposal for the voyage west, Columbus turned to the Spanish throne to fund his dream.

Credits

production company

WGBH (Boston)

producer

Thomas Friedman

co-director

Stephen Segaller

Andrew Liebman

John Williams

Duration

00:57:00:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1991

Appears in

Columbus and the age of discovery

Group of items

Columbus and the age of discovery

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Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

304139

Language

English

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → America - Discovery and exploration

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Columbus, Christopher, 1451-1506

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Slave-trade

History → America - Discovery and exploration

History → Columbus, Christopher, 1451-1506

History → History

History → Slave-trade

History → Spain - History - 711-1516

People → Columbus, Christopher, 1451-1506

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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