Christopher Columbus

You Wouldn't Want to Sail with Christopher Columbus! Uncharted Waters You'd Rather Not Cross

By Fiona Macdonald

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A humorous look at sailing on a ship in the 15th century.

So you want to go to sea -- Why do you want to explore? -- How would you pay for the voyage? -- How would you prepare your fleet? -- Could you handle a sailing ship? -- Which way would you steer? -- Could you cope on board? -- Would you lose hope? -- Could you survive on shore? -- Would you get home safely? -- Would you make more voyages? -- Would it all be worthwhile?

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Columbus: Opening Up the New World

By Stephen Feinstein

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On October 12, 1492, after five weeks of sailing on the Atlantic Ocean, a lookout aboard the Pinta, one of Christopher Columbus's three ships, spotted land. This biography tells the story of how Columbus sailed the Atlantic Ocean four times and claimed several Caribbean islands for the Spanish crown. Although Columbus was not the first European to discover the Americas, he established colonies and opened up the trade of products and ideas that would change the world forever.

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Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World

Tony Horwitz

"An irresistible blend of history, myth, and misadventure, A Voyage Long and Strange captures the wonder and drama of first contact. Vikings, conquistadors, French voyageurs--these and many others roamed an unknown continent in quest of grapes, gold, converts, even a cure for syphilis. Though most failed, their remarkable exploits left an enduring mark on the land and people encountered by late-arriving English settlers." (Book Description)