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Columbus

Opening Up the New World

Series: Great Explorers of the World

By Stephen Feinstein

On October 12, 1492, after five weeks of sailing on the Atlantic Ocean, a lookout aboard the PINTA, one of Christopher Columbus's three ships, spotted land. This biography tells the story of how Columbus sailed the Atlantic Ocean four times and claimed several Caribbean islands for the Spanish crown. Although Columbus was not the first European to discover the Americas, he established colonies and opened up the trade of products and ideas that would change the world forever.

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Reviews

"The last chapter (Columbus) offers an unusually good summary of how the world changed as different cultures encountered the others' foods, products, diseases, and social ideologies. Henry Hudson opens with a dramatic account of the mutiny during his fourth voyage and then presents informative accounts of his first three voyages in search of a northern sea route from Europe to Asia. In La Salle, Aretha gives a convincing portrayal of the explorer as a reserved, resilient, and determined man, while offering a readable account of his travels from France to Canada, down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico."

Booklist, February 1, 2010

"Going above and beyond biographical information about its subject, each book offers readers a glimpse of the historical times, events leading up to and surrounding the men's travels, and the impact of their explorations on the world."

The Horn Book Guide, Spring 2010

"This well-written, picture-laden book is a must-have for libraries."

Children's Literature

"As a survey of Columbus’ career, its controversy and his legacy this book excels in presenting substantive detail."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, January 2010

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