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Christopher Columbus

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Christopher Columbus1) The name Christopher Columbus is the Anglicization of the Latin Christophorus Columbus.  His name in Italian is Cristoforo Colombo, and in Spanish, it is Cristobel Colon.

  • True or False?

2) Columbus was born before October 31, 1451 in territory, part of modern Italy, though the exact location remains disputed.  What is the believed location?

  1. Republic of Genoa

  2. Republic of Ottoman

  3. Republic of Dania

  4. Republic of Corsica

3) Christopher Columbus� father was Domenico Colombo, a middle-class wool weaver and who also owned a stand at which young Christopher worked as a helper.  What was the stand?

  1. Pizza

  2. Spaghetti

  3. Cartography

  4. Cheese

4) Christopher Columbus married Filipa Moniz Perestrelo, daughter of the Porto Santo governor and Portuguese nobleman of Lombard origin BartGolomeu Perestrello. In 1479 or 1480, his son was born. Who was his son?

  1. Neville

  2. Diego

  3. Augusta

  4. Mercury

5) In 1485, Columbus presented his plans. He proposed that the king equip three sturdy ships and grant Columbus one year's time to sail out into the Atlantic, search for a western route to the Orient, and return. Who did he present his plans to?

  1. John II, King of Germany

  2. John II, King of Greece

  3. John II, King of Portugal

  4. John II, King of England

6) After continually lobbying at the Spanish court, Ferdinand and Isabella, and two years of negotiations, he finally had success. About half of the financing was to come from private English investors, whom Columbus had already lined up.

  • True or False?

7) On the evening of August 3, 1492, Columbus departed from Palos de la Frontera with three ships: a larger carrack, the Santa Maria ex-Gallega ("Galician"), and two smaller caravels, the Pinta ("Painted") and the Santa Clara, nicknamed the Nina (lit. "Girl") after her owner Juan Nino of Moguer.  Where did Columbus depart from?

  1. Fort Lauderdale

  2. Venice

  3. Amsterdam

  4. Palos de la Frontera

8) A lookout on the Pinta, Rodrigo de Triana (also known as Juan Rodriguez Bermeo), spotted land about 2:00 on the morning of October 12, and immediately alerted the rest of the crew with a shout. The captain of the Pinta, Marten Alonso Pinzon, verified the discovery and alerted Columbus by firing a lombard. Columbus later maintained that he had already seen a light on the land a few hours earlier, thereby claiming the lifetime pension promised by Ferdinand and Isabella to the first person to sight land.

  • True or False?

9) On 13 January 1493, When did Columbus make his last stop of this voyage in the New World?

  1. January 1, 1493

  2. January 13, 1493

  3. January 23, 1493

  4. February 6, 1493

10) When did Columbus arrive back in Spain?

  1. February 15, 1493

  2. February 29, 1493

  3. March 15, 1493

  4. March 30, 1493

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Christopher Columbus

1) True 2) A. 3) D. 4) B. 5) C. 6) False. After continually lobbying at the Spanish court, Ferdinand and Isabella, and two years of negotiations, he finally had success. About half of the financing was to come from private Italian investors, whom Columbus had already lined up. 7) D. 8) True 9) B. 10) C.


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