- Give a summary of the story: who? what? when? where?
- Give your critical (and personal) reaction to the chapter
- Discuss what aspects of Christopher Columbus’ activities in the ‘new world’ are illustrated by the story?
- Does this narrative reach a conclusive position on the moral quality of Columbus as a leader? How does it present him in terms of financial motives? What picture emerges of Columbus’ competence as a governor. What image does the young priest, Father Gaspar, give of Columbus’ behavior toward the islands native? What is Ocampo’s final conclusion in his investigation?
Sources: Read Michener’s Caribbean, chapter 3: Christopher Columbus in Hispaniola