Meet Andrew Rowen
Andrew Rowen has devoted ten years to researching the historical record underlying the first encounters among Columbus, other Europeans, and the Taíno peoples of the Caribbean. His inspiration in writing is to depict the collision of civilizations from both peoples’ perspectives, the bitter personal conflicts between the main protagonists, and the civility and tolerance of the vanquished culture and religion, now often lacking in modern societies.
While writing his first book, Encounters Unforeseen: 1492 Retold, Andrew visited nearly all the Caribbean, European, and Atlantic locations where the action took place, including archaeological sites where the principal Taíno chieftains lived in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He is now completing a sequel to chronicle the lives of the same Taíno and European protagonists from 1493 to 1498, the period of the Taíno chieftains’ resistance to subjugation during and after Columbus’s second voyage.
Andrew has long been interested in the roots of religious intolerance. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Harvard Law School.
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