The Library of Congress exhibition on the European encounter with the
Americas, providing thoroughly organized text and images of native societies,
Renaissance Europe, "Columbus man & myth," and European claims and
conquests. The original site for this exhibit is at the Library of Congress.
Full text of the letter, probably written in 1494, to Ferdinand &
Isabella. Columbus lays out his views of how Espaniola should be governed,
colonists transported, and gold prospecting managed. A link to an introductory
overview is provided.