Christopher Columbus and the Age of Exploration for Kids

Christopher Columbus and the Age of Exploration for Kids

Ronald A. Reiss

Language: English

Pages: 162

ISBN: 2:00214059

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Taking a comprehensive, nuanced, and inclusive approach to Christopher Columbus, this illuminating biography with activities for young readers places him in the context of the explorations that came before, during, and after his lifetime. It portrays the "Admiral of the Ocean Seas" neither as hero nor heel, but as a flawed and complex man whose significance is undeniably monumental. Providing kids, parents, and teachers with a fuller picture of the seafaring life and the dangers and thrills of exploration, author Ronald Reis details all four of Columbus's voyages to the New World, not just his first, and describes the year that Columbus spent stranded on the island of Jamaica without hope of rescue. A full chapter is devoted to painting a more complete and complex portrait of the indigenous peoples of the New World and another to the consequences of Columbus's voyages—the exchange of diseases, ideas, crops, and populations between the New World and the Old. Engaging cross-curricular activities, such as taking nautical measurements, simulating a hurricane, making an ancient globe, and conducting silent trade, elucidate nautical concepts introduced and the times in which Columbus lived.

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industriousness. A camel denotes perseverance. The dog symbolizes loyalty. The dragon is the defender of treasure. A lion stands for courage. And a horse represents a readiness to serve. Keep the above colors and emblems in mind as you design your family coat of arms. For further information on the history and design of a coat of arms, known as heraldry, check these websites: 30 www.storyboardtoys.com/gallery /coat-of-arms-lesson-plan.htm www.makeyourcoatofarms.com/app.asp

sargassum , or gulfweed , a green plant that floats on the surface. While the weed does the ships no harm, it grows in a part of the Atlantic in which the winds, at times, die down to almost nothing. The ships’ crews became alarmed. They were less concerned that there would be little wind to take them forward, and more distressed that there might be none to take them home. As the voyagers entered their third week at sea, farther from shore than any had ever been, they at last began to see

million years ago the world’s entire territory was a single supercontinent, known as Pangaea. This land, in turn, was completely surrounded by a lone sea, Panthalassa. Through geological upheavals, in which the earth’s crust was torn away, Pangaea began to split apart 180 million years ago. Slowly, large land bodies drifted across the planet’s surface. They became the continents we know today. In addition to North, Central, and South America (all of which are joined), there arose the Caribbean

this time, in early September 1499, that four ships commanded by Alonso de Hojeda, an adventurer if there ever was one, arrived off the coast of Hispaniola. Earlier, while in Spain, Hojeda had obtained the charts sent back from the Gulf of Paria by Columbus. Hojeda, after some coaxing, obtained a license to sail to the region that Columbus had first discovered but was unable to explore in depth. Hojeda, along with Amerigo Vespucci (whose first name would be given to the new continent), discovered

1341738 (collection: iStockphoto) W hen it came to money, Columbus’s than 500 miles on the back of a mule. King thoughts were not only of himself, however. Ferdinand tried to convince Columbus to take In an act of kindness, he insisted that the men a castle in Spain in exchange for his title claims. who accompanied him on his last voyage be The Admiral refused. King Ferdinand was not willing to grant paid what was owed them, even those who had rebelled on Jamaica. In a letter to his son Columbus

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