When Did Columbus Arrive in the Americas?

And Other Questions about Columbus's Voyages

From the Series Six Questions of American History

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

In the late 1400s, Christopher Columbus was sure he could find a trade route from Spain to the Far East by sailing west across the Atlantic Ocean. On his first voyage, he landed on an island in the Caribbean Sea. He soon realizedn that this was not Asia and returned to Spain for more supplies. Even after three more attempts, Columbus never found a westward route to Asia. But his discoveries forever changed European views of the world and led to settlement in the Americas.

So why did Columbus want a route to the Far East?
How did he get his idea to sail west?
What challenges did he and his crew face?

Discover the facts about Columbus’s voyages and how they changed the world.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Nonfiction
Category Social Studies
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2012-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.5
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF025160, JNF025080
Dewey 970.01'5092
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 850
Guided Reading Level T
ATOS Reading Level 5.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 149017
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource

Author: Jennifer Krueger

Kathy Allen has published over one dozen books for children. She has previously worked as an editor for publishers of children’s library books. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota. Allen lives with her husband and their son in South Minneapolis.

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Six Questions of American History

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