Encounters Unforeseen: 1492 Retold


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$34.95  $32.50
All Persons Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.44 inches | 2.17 pounds

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About the Author

Andrew Rowen has devoted ten years to researching the history leading to the first encounters between Europeans and the Caribbean's Taíno peoples, including visiting sites where Columbus and Taíno chieftains lived, met, and fought. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Harvard Law School and has long been interested in the roots of religious intolerance.


"Rowen's research...is nothing less than breathtaking. The sensitivity and originality of his portrayals are equally impressive, avoiding the trap of simply retelling a familiar tale from an exclusively European perspective or casting the explorers as nothing more than rapacious colonialists....the tale intelligently captures the religious impulse behind Columbus' adventure...A remarkably new and inventive take on a momentous episode in the 15th century."--Kirkus Reviews

..".spellbinding...Few authors recreate historical worlds and craft characters who feel so real...I particularly enjoyed the way the soul of the Native Americans comes across the narrative. The characters are intriguing, each reflecting a rich culture and a historical background that will excite the reader."--Readers' Favorite Five Star Review

"An impressively crafted work of riveting fiction from beginning to end, author Andrew Rowen has firmly grounded his truly exceptional novel in historical fact. The result is nothing less than a literary masterpiece that is as deftly complex as it is consistently entertaining."--Midwest Book Review

..".a fascinating story of enmeshed lives, and the consequences of new worlds....written with scrupulous detail to historical accuracy..."--William F. Keegan, Curator of Caribbean Archaeology, Florida Museum of Natural History, Talking Taíno, Taíno Indian Myth and Practice

"A must read book for American history, European history, and Native American history! The author, Andrew Rowen has delivered an epic historical account...I can easily see this book becoming required reading in many educational settings....The readers are going to be talking about this book for decades to come!"--Book Review Crew, Authors on the Air

"Amazing! The lives, loves, victories and defeats of the Taíno Indians are just as meticulously and poignantly brought to life as Columbus, his famous voyage and Queen Isabel's court. A sprawling, globe-trotting, all-consuming tour de force illuminating all sides of the epic cultural clash that created the New World."--Trey Ellis, Platitudes, Home Repairs, Right Here, Right Now

"The story of Europe's first encounters with the Americas has become so fraught and tortured that most people now avoid it, which is a shame, because it is so historically important. With Encounters Unforeseen, this fascinating story becomes human and real. Andrew Rowen has produced a remarkable work - beautifully written, well researched and necessary. A landmark!"--Warren Kozak, LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay

"An extraordinary combination of scholarship and imagination, Andrew Rowen's Encounters Unforeseen creates a balanced 15th century world, where Caribbean natives and European explorers meet in a painfully evolving historical adventure."--Bartle Bull, The White Rhino Hotel, A Cafe on the Nile.