Columbus Day Reading Comprehension

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Christopher Columbus, 1492

Christopher Columbus, born in Italy, always dreamed of being a sailor. When he was 13, Christopher became a cabin boy. He sailed to many lands and became a captain.

For many years, Columbus asked kings and queens to give him money for food and ships so he could find a new route to China and India.

Finally King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain gave him money. In return he promised to give them new lands, spices, and new people to become Christians.

Columbus had three ships: the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. They left Spain in August, 1492.

On October 12th, after two months of a difficult journey, the Pinta first spotted land. Columbus called this land San Salvador. No one knows the exact location of the landing spot, but it is often thought to be an island in what is now called the Bahamas.

In the late 18th century, many countries started celebrating the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492.

Where was Christopher Columbus born?
India
Italy
Spain
Italy What was Columbus's first job?
cabin boy
captain
ship builder
cabin boy How long was Columbus's journey from Spain to the New World?
2 weeks
2 months
2 years
2 months Which of Columbus's 3 ships first spotted land in the New World?
Nina
Pinta
Santa Maria
Pinta What did Columbus name his landing spot?
San Salvador
Bahamas
America
San Salvador Who gave Columbus the money for his ships and crew?
the queen of Portugal
the government of Italy
the king and queen of Spain
the king and queen of Spain Why did Columbus want to sail across the ocean?
to prove that the Earth was round
to find a new route to China and India
to vacation in a warm climate
to find a new route to China and India

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