This incisive and luminescent story, scrupulously grounded in sixteenth-century sources, illuminates the power that "naming" has to create a world - in this case a world still haunted by being the accidental Indies. It is a book about how we perceive and represent the world around us, about the creative and destructive power of language. Through its elaboration of the rich and lively ironies of the Columbus story, The Accidental Indies looks at the nature of storytelling itself.
Donna Hardy Cox is an associate professor of social work at Memorial University.
C. Carney Strange is professor of higher education and student affairs at Bowling Green State University and co-author of Educating by Design: Creating Campus Learning Env