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When Christopher Columbus first arrived at the Americas, he is believed to have
thought he was in a completely different place on the other side of the world.
Have you or your parents ever gotten lost like that? Where were you going and
how did you find your way back?
In 1492, Columbus thought that he had landed in India and thought the people he
spoke with were Indians. Who did he actually meet there? What do you think
their reaction was to Columbus and his crew?
Imagine that you were the first to discover something either big or small. What
would you discover and would people think your discovery was important? Why or
Create a made-up story using the following words: map, ship, gold, and
Describe what you think the inside of Christopher Columbus's ships would have
looked like. Use your imagination to go into as much detail as possible.
Imagine that you had to convince your parents to let you go on a great voyage
with all of your friends. Where would the voyage lead you and how would you be
able to gain permission for such a dangerous trip?
One of the reasons Columbus thought he had landed in India was that in the past
people didn't realize how big the world actually was. What are some other
things people in the late 1400s might not believe about how the world is today?
Do you think they would like the discoveries that have been made since then?
Describe what you think the land looked like where Columbus first arrived in
what is now called the Bahamas. Keep in mind that in 1492, the world was a much
different place without nearly as many tall buildings and as much technology as
we have today.
Some people in the time of Columbus used to think that the world was flat
instead of being a sphere. How different would the world be if it actually were
70. Columbus took four major voyages to the
Americas, some of which took years at a time. How well do you think you could
handle being on a ship in the middle of the ocean like that? What would you do
to entertain yourself during the long trips?
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