Columbus: Opening up the New World

Overview

On October 12, 1492, after weeks of sailing on the Atlantic Ocean, a lookout aboard the Pinta, one of Christopher Columbus's three ships, spotted land. In search of a faster trade route to Asia, Columbus believed he had landed in the Indies. But he actually landed in the modern-day Bahamas. Columbus sailed the Atlantic Ocean four times and claimed several Caribbean islands for Spain. Although he was not the first European to discover the Americas, Columbus established colonies and opened up the trade of products ...

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Overview

On October 12, 1492, after weeks of sailing on the Atlantic Ocean, a lookout aboard the Pinta, one of Christopher Columbus's three ships, spotted land. In search of a faster trade route to Asia, Columbus believed he had landed in the Indies. But he actually landed in the modern-day Bahamas. Columbus sailed the Atlantic Ocean four times and claimed several Caribbean islands for Spain. Although he was not the first European to discover the Americas, Columbus established colonies and opened up the trade of products and ideas that would change the world forever.

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Children's Literature - Jennifer Mitchell
This is the latest book in the "Great Explorers of the World" series. It explains Columbus' family background and how he came to be a sailor and an explorer. It explains how Columbus learned about the Canaries current and other facts that helped him develop the belief that he could sail to India. Columbus presented his proposition to many people, and he met many frustrating obstacles. In order to explain why Ferdinand and Isabella finally granted his request, Feinstein explains the challenges posed by the Spanish Muslims to the monarchs. Columbus' first voyage is detailed, including his concern about mutiny and his changes to the sailing logs. The book explains how he kept two logs, one with the actual distance traveled and another that listed shorter mileage, so that the sailors would not become scared. The book does not withhold the fact that Columbus enslaved some of the Native Americans he found. It also details his arrest, his loss of titles and, later, the reinstatement of his wealth. Finally, the book explains why his discovery is still important to us today. The back of the book provides curious readers with additional resources from which they can learn more. This well-written, picture-laden book is a must-have for libraries. Reviewer: Jennifer Mitchell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598451016
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Great Explorers of the World Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 11 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Explorer Timeline 6

1 The First Sight of Land 8

2 Early Years at Sea 22

3 The Enterprise of the Indies 38

4 A Voyage to the New World 54

5 More Atlantic Voyages 70

6 Changing the World 86

Chapter Notes 105

Glossary 107

Further Reading and Internet Addresses 109

Index 110

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