Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) was an Italian explorer who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, hoping to find a route to India (in order to trade for spices).  In the year 1492 spices were as valuable as gold.

He made a total of four trips to the Caribbean and South America during the years 1492-1504. The First Trip:
Columbus sailed for King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain. On his first trip, Columbus led an expedition with three ships, the Niña (captained by Vicente Yáñez Pinzon), the Pinta (owned and captained by Martin Alonzo Pinzon), and the Santa Maria (captained by Columbus), and about 90 crew members. They set sail on Aug. 3, 1492 from Palos, Spain, and on October 11, 1492, spotted the Caribbean islands off southeastern North America. They landed on an island they called Guanahani, but Columbus later renamed it San Salvador. They were met by the local Taino Indians, many of whom were captured by Columbus’ men and later sold into slavery. Columbus thought he had made it to Asia, and called this area the Indies, and called its inhabitants Indians.

While exploring the islands in the area and looking for gold to loot, Columbus’ men traveled to the islands of Hispaniola (now divided into Haiti and the Dominican Republic), Cuba, and many other smaller islands. On the return trip, the Santa Maria was wrecked and the captain of the Pinta  Martin Pinzon sailed off on his own to try to beat Columbus back. Columbus returned to Spain in the Nina, arriving on March 15, 1493.

1. What Country was Columbus born in?

2. What country did he sail for?

2. What year was he born?

3. Who did he sail for (hint) it was a king and a queen ?

4 . What day did he sail on his first voyage?

5. What is the name of the island they landed on?

6. Where did he think he had reached? ( Hint He called the people this)

7. What was the name of the  two other Captain who sailed with him?

8. How many trips did he Make to the Caribbean?

8 . Find on Google and print out a picture of Christopher Columbus.

14 responses

  1. melvin

    1.clumbus was born in italy
    2. clumbus was born in 1451
    3.clumbus sailed for king ferdinand2&queen isabella
    4.his first voyage on august 3, 1492
    5.the island name was sansalvador

    September 20, 2007 at 10:40 am

  2. Antonio

    1. He was born in italy.
    2.He was born 1451.
    3.Columbus sailed for King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain.
    4.Santa Maria (captained by Columbus), and about 90 crew member
    5.San Salvador.

    September 20, 2007 at 10:51 am

  3. Edris

    1. He was born in Itally
    2. Hew was born in 14 51

    3.Columbus sailed for King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain
    4. August 3rd 1492
    5.San salvador

    September 20, 2007 at 10:58 am

  4. Howard

    1. he was born in italy
    2. he was born in [1451-1506] \
    3.he suiled for king ferdn and queen isabellu
    4. on christopher columbus first voyaye he set sail on August 3rd.
    5. San Salvador

    September 20, 2007 at 10:59 am

  5. oche

    italy
    2 1451
    sailed for King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain.
    aug. 1492
    san salvador
    india

    September 21, 2007 at 2:39 pm

  6. tyrell

    he was born in italy
    he was born in1451 1506
    he sailed for king and queen Ferndinand

    September 21, 2007 at 2:39 pm

  7. justin

    italy
    1451`
    King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain.
    SAN SALVADOR

    September 21, 2007 at 2:40 pm

  8. Blair

    1. italy

    2.14
    3. he sailed for king Fedinand II and queen Isabell of spain
    4.He voyage on august 3rd .
    5. San salvador

    September 21, 2007 at 2:41 pm

  9. tony

    1 italy
    2 1451
    3 he saied f0r king ferdn and queen isabellu
    4 San salvador
    5 India

    September 21, 2007 at 2:43 pm

  10. thomas

    italy 1451
    King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain
    august 3 1492 hispainola
    India

    September 21, 2007 at 2:44 pm

  11. jacob

    1italy
    2spain
    3

    October 16, 2007 at 10:46 am

  12. prince

    1.Italy
    2.spain
    3.1451
    4 King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain. O
    5.Aug. 3, 1492
    6. San Salvador.

    October 16, 2007 at 10:51 am

  13. jacob

    1.Italy
    2. Spain
    2.1451
    3.Columbus sailed for King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain.
    4.Aug. 3, 1492
    5.the island name was sansalvador
    6.India
    7. Vicente Yáñez Pinzon, Martin Alonzo Pinzon
    8.4
    8.

    October 16, 2007 at 10:56 am

  14. casseem

    1Italy
    2Spain
    31451
    4KingFerdinandandQueenIsabellaofSpain
    5Aug.1492
    6Chain
    7. Vicente Yáñez Pinzon)
    8.4

    October 16, 2007 at 11:01 am

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