The purpose of this essay is to define and explain the meaning of history. Ideally, the essay seeks to find out whether history could be an idea and whether history could be a collection of precise and true details or rather facts explaining happenings in one’s life. In addition, this essay is about the life of Christopher Columbus who, according to the author, happened to discover the New World. Although the author portrays his origins as quite vivid, his history commenced with his discovery of the New World in 1492. His principle was that, in order to possess knowledge of anything, one must first give those things a name. Ideas and thoughts of how to describe experiences in his life surround his life and as such, the narrator paints the essay as being a product of personal experiences. Thus, this essay is all about personal experiences.
The audience in this excerpt is a person who possibly needs something that requires him to have a birth certificate or any other official document certifying his date and place of birth. The audience explains his place of birth, not in the form of a district or province but in the form of a house, field, and appearance as well as weather of the time of his birth.