Christopher Columbus

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Growing up in Genoa, Italy, Christopher Columbus studied geography and astronomy before going to sea in the Mediterranean region as a young man. He gained the support of the royalty of Spain and set sail under the Spanish flag with the idea of traveling to Asia by a westward route. Columbus landed in the Caribbean, thinking he had reached the eastern edge of Asia. His legacy is a complicated one that includes spearheading the European presence in the Americas and initiating the exploitation of the land and ...
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Growing up in Genoa, Italy, Christopher Columbus studied geography and astronomy before going to sea in the Mediterranean region as a young man. He gained the support of the royalty of Spain and set sail under the Spanish flag with the idea of traveling to Asia by a westward route. Columbus landed in the Caribbean, thinking he had reached the eastern edge of Asia. His legacy is a complicated one that includes spearheading the European presence in the Americas and initiating the exploitation of the land and indigenous peoples of the "New World."

Describes the life of explorer Christopher Columbus and discusses his voyages to the islands now known as the West Indies.

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Christopher Columbus has been credited with discovering America even though he never actually set foot on North America's mainland. Additionally, many records, including those from Columbus's own journal, portray him as a ruthless and cunning man who, without remorse, downplayed others for his own gain. Does this make Christopher Columbus less of a great explorer? While managing motley crews he traveled four expeditions and the results of his journeys contributed to many amazing advances. This book objectively exposes both sides of the brave explorer so that the reader can make their own informed conclusions. Packed full with colorful pictures and sidebars, this book will aid and inform the student seeking objective information on early exploration of America. There is a glossary and index as well as a list of book and Internet sources for further reading. This book is part of the "Great Explorers" series. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.
— Denise Daley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836851731
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Great Explorers Ser.
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Table of Contents

An Overview: Christopher Columbus 6
Routes: Sailing to the West 10
Expeditions: Life Onboard Ship 14
Into the Unknown: Where in the World? 18
Helping Hands: Friends in High Places 22
Against All Odds: Many Lucky Breaks 26
Distant Travels: Successes and Failures 30
New Horizons: Wondrous New Finds 34
Challenges: Who Got There First? 38
Discussion: For Further Discussion 41
At That Time: Major World Events 42
An Explorer's Legacy: Over the Years 43
Glossary 44
Study: For Further Study 46
Index 47
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