Utrecht City for Columbus made a number of return voyages in subsequent years that put him on the shores of South and Central America. In his book The Conquest of America, Tzvetan Todorov examines the relations that Columbus established with the inhabitants of the Americas, as well as the relations subsequently established by the Spanish conquistadors and missionaries. Todorov wrote his book to investigate the discovery self makes of the other.6 Despite being famous as an explorer, Todorov writes, Columbus never really explored the other. The reason is that the great discoverer of the New World never succeeded in escaping from himself. He remained too much a captive of his Christian, European identity to understand or appreciate the other in America. As Todorov observes, though Columbus discovered America, he failed to discover the Americans. Utrecht City 2016.