Encounters Unforeseen: 1492 Retold dramatizes the history of Columbus’s first voyage and initial encounters with Native Americans from a bicultural perspective.

It presents the life stories of three historic Taíno chieftains—Caonabó, Guacanagarí, and Guarionex—and a Taíno youth side by side with those of Columbus and Spain’s Queen Isabella and depicts their fateful first encounters. Based closely on primary sources, it ventures beyond traditional Eurocentric accounts of the voyage to offer a fresh, gripping, personal, and bicultural portrayal, written at the voyage’s 525th anniversary.

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Encounters Unforeseen: 1492 Retold

“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.…remarkably new and inventive…”
—Kirkus Reviews

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“…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

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“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

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