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American History
1.3 Columbus Seeks Help

Columbus was too poor to fit out even a single ship to undertake such a voyage as he had planned. He asked the king of Portugal to furnish some money or vessels toward it, but he received no encouragement. At length he determined to go to Spain and see if he could get help there.

On the southern coast of Spain there is a small port named Palos. Within sight of the village of Palos, and also within plain sight of the ocean, there was a convent, —which is still standing,—called the Convent of Saint Mary.

One morning a tall, fine-looking man, leading a little boy by the hand, knocked at the door of this convent and begged for a piece of bread and a cup of water for the child. The man was Columbus,—whose wife was now dead,—and the boy was his son.

It chanced that the guardian of the convent noticed Columbus standing at the door. He liked his appearance, and coming up, began to talk with him. Columbus frankly told him what he was trying to do. The guardian of the convent listened with great interest; then he gave him a letter to a friend who he thought would help him to lay his plans before Ferdinand and Isabella, the king and queen of Spain.


Directions: Answer the following multiple choice questions. Also, summarize the above passage in three to four sentences.
Q 1: Why did Columbus go to the convent?
to ask for food
to work to work
to live

Q 2: Why couldn't Columbus have his own ship?
he was too young
he was too poor
it was against the law

Q 3: What was the name of the convent?
St. Mary
St. Anne
St. Isabella

Q 4: What did the guardian of the convent do for Columbus?
gives him the money for a ship
lets him live in the convent
sends a letter to the king and queen of Spain

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