20140809【英译中·童书】发现美洲·11(707字)

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 Columbus, however, soon returned to Spain, and told of his great discovery and of the wonderful copper-colored people, some of whom he had brought back with him, with their straight black hair and head-dresses of feathers and faces streaked with paint. All Spain was filled with wonder; and it was not long before shiploads of men were sent over to the new country; so that very soon the island was settled by Spanish people.

    过了不久,哥伦布回到了西班牙,告诉人们他的重大发现。他还说起那些奇妙的古铜色皮肤的人,并把他们带回来了一些;这些人长着一头直直的黑发,头上装饰着羽毛,脸上漆着条纹。全西班牙都充满了惊奇。不久,一船一船的人漂洋过海,奔赴那片新的国土。于是,很快就有大批西班牙人在岛上定居了。

I wish that I could tell you that Spain was so proud of Columbus and so grateful to him for his gift that he was ever after treated with [55] great honor; that he never again wanted for anything which money and favor could buy; and that he died peacefully at last, loved and honored by all. This is certainly what you might expect to hear of so brave a man.

But there were jealous, envious men in Spain, who plotted against Columbus; and when, a few years later, he went again to the islands he had discovered, he was seized by [56] one of these Spaniards who had been sent out to govern the colony which had settled there, was put into chains and sent back a prisoner to Spain.

When they heard of this cruel treatment, the people of Spain were indignant, and insisted that he be restored to his rights. The queen is said to have been moved to tears by his story.

Columbus made two more voyages of discovery, but sickness and disappointment had undermined his health, and he died shortly after at Valladolid, on the 20th of May, 1506.

    我真希望能够告诉你们:西班牙是如何地为哥伦布感到自豪,是如何地为他带回的礼物而感激他,后来给了他巨大的荣誉;凡用金钱和恩惠能够得到的东西他都再也不想要;他受到全民的爱戴,最终平静地离世。这些,肯定是你们期望听到的这个勇敢者后来的命运。

   可是,在西班牙,嫉妒和羡慕者大有人在,他们密谋迫害哥伦布。几年以后,当他回到他所发现的那些岛屿时,就被一个统治该岛殖民地的西班牙官员抓了起来,被锁上铁链押解回西班牙。

    西班牙的民众听到哥伦布的悲惨遭遇后,他们义愤填膺,坚持要求恢复真相。据说,王后也为他的遭遇流下了眼泪。

    后来,哥伦布又进行了两次海上探险,但是疾病和失望逐渐损害了他的健康;不久以后,他病逝于巴利亚多利德,那一天是1506年5月20日。 

 

注释(续)

 

   12.圣萨尔瓦多岛(San Salvador Island)又称“华特林岛”(Watling Island或Watling's Island)。巴哈马的小岛。在西印度群岛中巴哈马群岛东部大西洋边缘上。长21公里,宽8公里,面积155平方公里。人口约465(1990)。地势低平,多沼泽和湖泊。气候温和。——《百度百科》

   13.海地岛又名伊斯帕尼奥拉岛(英文:Hispaniola;西班牙文:La Espa?ola;或译西班牙岛)是加勒比海中第二大岛,仅次于古巴, 面积76,480平方公里,人口一千七百万人,分属海地和多米尼加共和国。该岛位于古巴南边,波多黎各的西边。——《百度百科》

   14.巴利亚多利德(Province of Valladolid),西班牙西部卡斯蒂利亚-莱昂区下的一个省,首府巴利亚多利德(Valladolid)市。原西班牙甲级联赛球队巴利亚多利德足球俱乐部即在该市。——《百度百科》

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