Columbus el Filibustero : John Brougham's Mirror of discoveryPart of : Γράμμα : περιοδικό θεωρίας και κριτικής ; Vol.2, No.1, 1994, pages 149-157
John Brougham's burlesques provide a mocking, but still reliable register of mid-nineteenth century socio-political life in America. Loosely derived from Washington Irving's narrative The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus and W.H. Prescott's History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella, Columbus El Filibustero is one of the most telling extravaganzas of Brougham's. Devised to provoke thought and evoke crooked smiles, Brougham's play is today an astonishing mirror of discovery into nascent "Monroe Doctrine," evolving Manifest Destiny, and unbridled filibustering.