Exploration

Columbus Day

By Dennis Brindell Fradin

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Learn about Columbus' famous explorations and how we came to have the holiday known as Columbus Day. Includes drawings and photographs.

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Columbus Day

By Vicki Liestman

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A look at Columbus' life and his role as both an explorer and an invader of the West Indies. Beginning readers writing their first reports may find this book and the others in the Carolrhoda on My Own Books series meet their needs perfectly. However, it does not include maps of the voyages.

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Columbus Day

By Cass R. Sandak

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Learn why and how Columbus Day is celebrated, and read about the highlights the life and voyages of the famous explorer. Part of a series of books on celebrating the holidays.
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Columbus and the World around Him

By Milton Meltzer

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This different view of Columbus shows a man whose ambition for fame and wealth, as well as his wish to convert the New World people to his own faith, drove him beyond the edge of his known world. This book, unlike many others, tells of the consequences to the native peoples as they met their doom under the Spanish conquest that followed as well as their ultimate influence on their conquerors. A well-researched biography that draws on primary sources and includes maps.

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Christopher Columbus

By Peter and Connie Roop

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Diary selections throughout this biography let Columbus tell his story in his own words. 128 pages. Includes maps.

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Christopher Columbus

By Susan Bivin Aller

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This short book (47 pages) follows Columbus' life, from his beginnings as a boy who loved the sea through his adventures in the West Indies to his ultimate fame as the Admiral of the Ocean Seas. Part of the History Maker Bios series.
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A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus

By David A. Adler

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A good choice for sharing out loud with a class of younger students. Includes the critical facts of his life, a map of the first voyage and a list of important dates. Part of the Picture Book Biography series.
Also available in a Spanish-language edition, Un Libro Ilustrado Sobre Cristobal Colon.

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Matthew Fontaine Maury: Pathfinder of the Seas

This article was first printed in the May 1978 issue of the Fredericksburg Times magazine and appears here with the author's permission.

This American who is truly deserving of the terms "great" and "famous" was born January 14, 1806 in Spotsylvania County. He was the seventh child of Richard and Diana Minor Maury.