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photoChristopher Columbus redux: He loved god, worshipped gold and craved glory. And in 1492, Columbus set sail in the name of all three. Somewhere between the explorer hero of American schoolbooks and the murderous mariner of history's dark side, there's a complex tale of outsized ambition, ruthless subjugation and questionable honor.

Tonight On Point: Rediscovering the man, deconstructing his myth, and getting to the heart of what it really means to commemorate Columbus Day.


Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for The New Yorker

Geoffrey Symcox, professor of European history and general editor of "Repertorium Columbianum" at UCLA

This program aired on October 14, 2002.

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