A reader wrote me privately this morning to ask my opinion of Christopher Columbus. I’m not sure my opinion counts for much, as I am hardly an expert on Columbus, but I have long appreciated Robert Royal’s writing on the subject. Royal is a conservative Catholic historian and president of the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. In the larger context of academic debates over Columbus and the implications of his voyages, Royal comes in at the sympathetic end of the continuum. I would not take his position as the final word, but it is worth reading, and probably a useful counterpoint to the dominant academic position.
Click here to read Royal’s 1999 article in First Things, “Columbus and the Beginning of the World.”