Christopher Columbus

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Christopher Columbus was born in Italy in 1451. He worked on ships as a teenager. Columbus was interested in exploring the world and studied geography.
When he was about 35 he met the King and Queen of Spain. He told them he wanted to find a quicker way to the trade countries to get spices and gold. They gave him 3 ships and money. The names of the ships were the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria.
Columbus hired many sailors to go with him. They sailed until they saw land. He thought he had gone around the world. He had not. In the New World, he found natives and traded with them.
He sailed back to Spain. He brought back many things from the New World, including some of the natives. The king and queen were happy with his finds. Columbus sailed several more times.
In the United States, we celebrate Columbus Day each year in October.

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Geography : the study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere, and of human activity as it affects and is affected by these, including the distribution of populations and resources, land use, and industries.

Sail : a piece of material extended on a mast to catch the wind and propel a boat or ship or other vessel

Studied : (of a quality or result) achieved or maintained by careful and deliberate effort

Native : a person born in a specified place or associated with a place by birth, whether subsequently resident there or not

Trade : the action of buying and selling goods and services

Celebrate : acknowledge (a significant or happy day or event) with a social gathering or enjoyable activity

Interested : showing curiosity or concern about something or someone; having a feeling of interest

Several : more than two but not many

Thought : an idea or opinion produced by thinking, or occurring suddenly in the mind


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