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By Ronald A. Reiss

Taking a finished, nuanced, and inclusive method of Christopher Columbus, this illuminating biography with actions for younger readers locations him within the context of the explorations that got here earlier than, in the course of, and after his lifetime. It portrays the "Admiral of the sea Seas" neither as hero nor heel, yet as a mistaken and intricate guy whose value is undeniably enormous. supplying teenagers, mom and dad, and lecturers with a fuller photograph of the seafaring existence and the hazards and thrills of exploration, writer Ronald Reis information all 4 of Columbus's voyages to the recent global, not only his first, and describes the yr that Columbus spent stranded at the island of Jamaica with no wish of rescue. a whole bankruptcy is dedicated to portray a extra whole and complicated portrait of the indigenous peoples of the recent global and one other to the results of Columbus's voyages—the alternate of ailments, principles, vegetation, and populations among the recent international and the previous. attractive cross-curricular actions, comparable to taking nautical measurements, simulating a storm, making an historic globe, and carrying out silent alternate, elucidate nautical techniques brought and the days during which Columbus lived.

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