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Columbus and the Age of Discovery
Idea Takes Shape, An
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Seven part documentary series which chronicles Christopher Columbus' voyage and the age in which he lived. Explores the ramifications of European exploration on both their own cultures and that of the indigenous populations. An international co-production kicking off the 500th anniversary of the first voyage of Columbus. Series filmed on location in Argentina, the Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Germany, Ghana, Egypt, England, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, United States and Venezuela. Featuring Mauricio Obregon as the principal on-camera Columbus expert. Narrated by Will Lyman. Series release date: 10/1991

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Focuses on the advances in shipbuilding and navigation that made Columbus's voyages possible, examines his motivations, and chronicles his long and arduous search for patronage to fund his westward route to the Orient.



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Chicago: “Columbus and the Age of Discovery; Idea Takes Shape, An,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 23, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_88E5B575EEAD40448FE6A7C0390FBEFC.
MLA: “Columbus and the Age of Discovery; Idea Takes Shape, An.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 23, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_88E5B575EEAD40448FE6A7C0390FBEFC>.
APA: Columbus and the Age of Discovery; Idea Takes Shape, An. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_88E5B575EEAD40448FE6A7C0390FBEFC
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