Was Christopher Columbus on a Religious Crusade?

(RNS) Two recent books argue that explorers Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama were more like Christian crusaders than greedy mercenaries or curious adventurers. Other historians, however, remain skeptical. The books, released in the weeks leading up to Columbus...

St. Christopher?

Some historians have concluded that Columbus was motivated by fame and raw greed. Other historians see more complex motives and point out Columbus’ strong religious piety. “What some historians have termed a ‘discovery,’ in reality was an...