Excerpt from Christopher Columbus: A Paper Read Before the Literary Society of the City of Washington, D. C., April 18, A. D. 1892 Separated from each other by intervals of about fifteen centuries each, three great events stand out prominent beyond all others in human history. About fifteen centuries after the first appearance of civilization on the Plains of Shinar, the great movement occurred which is kwn to us as the Exodus of Israel from Egypt, the first protest of motheistic truth and republican principle against the corruptions of polytheism and the licentiousness of arbitrary monarchy, and which eventuated in the establishment of a government of law in opposition to the governments of the sword which then dominated the world. About fifteen centuries later, the Divine Teacher of Nazareth preached the new Dispensation of the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man, and soon by his preaching revolutionized the world. Again, fifteen centuries later still, when Christian truth and Christian faith had almost grown faint in their long contest of a thousand years with the superstitions of Odinism and the fanaticism of the false prophet of Arabia, when Gothic feudalism and Mohammedan intolerance had almost crushed out human freedom from the earth, the hopes of the human race were quickened into a new life by the discovery of a New World. These three great events wonderfully supplement each other in the Divine co-ordination of human history, and in the development of human civilization. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.