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American History
1.2 Columbus Has a Desire


According to some accounts, Columbus once had a desperate battle with a vessel off the coast of Portugal. The fight lasted, it is said, all day. At length both vessels were found to be on fire. Columbus jumped from his blazing ship into the sea, and catching hold of a floating oar, managed, with its help, to swim to the shore, about six miles away.

He then went to the port of Lisbon. There he married the daughter of a famous sea-captain. For a long time after his marriage Columbus earned his living partly by drawing maps, which he sold to commanders of vessels visiting Lisbon, and partly by making voyages to Africa, Iceland, and other countries.

While living in Lisbon, Columbus made up his mind to try to do what no other man, at that time, dared attempt,—that was to cross the Atlantic Ocean. He thought that by doing so he could get directly to Asia and the Indies, which, he believed, were opposite Portugal and Spain. If successful, he could open up a very profitable trade with the rich countries of the East, from which spices, drugs, and silk were brought to Europe. The people of Europe could not reach those countries directly by ships, because they had not then found their way round the southern point of Africa.


Directions: Answer the following multiple choice questions. Also, answer the following questions on a sheet of paper:
  1. What are some of the reasons that Columbus had for wanting to cross the Atlantic Ocean?

Q 1: How did Columbus make a living after he got married?
herding sheep
making baskets
being a merchant
drawing maps

Q 2: What were some goods that were brought to Europe?
spices, fur, and wool
spices, drugs, and silk
silk, spices, and chocolate
linen, wool, and drugs

Q 3: Where did Columbus live?
Frankfurt
Lisbon
Paris
Brussels

Q 4: How did Columbus escape the ship once it was on fire?
another ship rescued him
he swam to shore
he stayed on the ship
he swam out to sea

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