Christopher Columbus Heading West to Explore the Far East
A. Born in Genoa, Italy in 1451. B. The son of a prosperous weaver and wool merchant, he was fascinated by stories of exploration.
C. When he was in his early 20s he sailed on ships taking goods form the Mediterranean to England.
D. In 1476 (Columbus was 25), Columbus’ ship was attacked by French pirates off the coast of Portugal. Columbus swam 6 miles on a wooden oar back to shore! God had great plans for him!
A. Studied for nine years with sailors and explorers. Columbus was able to speak 4 or 5 languages.
A. Columbus wanted to sail West to get to India. Remember, Bart Dias had sailed around the southern tip of Africa in 1488.
B. During the 1480’s Columbus contacted governments in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, and England…All turned him down.
C. Finally, in 1488 King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain said yes, but he would have to wait until their war with the Muslim Moors of Africa was over.
D. January, 1492 the Moors surrender. The deal is officially signed between Columbus and Spain in April, 1492.
Columbus will be admiral of the ocean seas. • He will be the governor of all newly discovered lands. • He will receive 10% of all the profit.
What does all of THIS cost Spain? ZERO What do they have to gain if he is right about a new sea route to Asia? LOTS
A. August 3, 1492 he leaves Spain with three ships: The Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria.
D. Columbus keeps two logs, one is real- the other is a fake and is shown to the sailors to ease their anxiety.
E. Lucky for them there is land between the coast of Western Europe and Asia.
A. On October 9, 1492 (Day 30), the crew is near mutiny. Columbus promises roughly $10,000 to the first person who sites land. A sailor, Rodrigo sees hills two nights later. Columbus says that he saw the land first and keeps the money.
Confused About Where He Is The problem is he thinks he is near India.* Tropics* Islands* Palm Trees* Tan Natives* Gold & Exotic Foods