Read to Discover how Columbus voyaged across the Atlantic
He also thought that the Indies lived west of Europe but his calculations were wrong he believed that the Earth was 75% (percent) of its real size and thought that it was made mostly of land instead of water.
He had practiced commanding a ship when he was young so he could be able to control where the ship would go and how far it would go,when it would turn,which direction to turn in and whether or not to go ashore.
Note: The Indies lived on the outside of Asia.
He hastily ( quickly done ) manned and provided the Nina,the Pinta,and his own ship the Santa Maria on his first voyage he got attacked by pirates and when they set fire to his ship he had to swim ashore he had reached Lisbon,Portugal he found Bartholomew his brother and his shop.
He quickly learned that the Portuguese ships were a lot faster and had a lot better maneuverability ( handling or turning ) and could safely travel through the shallow waters and also called Caravels,he also thought that he could find the Indies.
Note:He was the first explorer to go to the new world from Europe.
A fort was built out of the wreckage of the Santa Maria in La Navidad. When he died two years later he went from a cloth maker of modest means to a man called admiral,governor,and counselor to the king.
He was brave and courageous to swim to shore after pirates set fire to his ship and to stay under water for long periods of time so that the pirates didn't see him but he still had to cling to wreckage to be able to breathe because the water was so deep it was to hard to stay afloat with just kicking his legs.
Note: Even though he never went near Asia or
Japan his name will never be forgotten.
About the Author
- Christopher Columbus
- Santa Maria Columbus' ship
- King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella