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Columbus' Plan


Christopher Columbus was a European that had big plans for his trip to Asia. Columbus decided to sail west across the Atlantic ocean. Then Columbus relied on Marco Polo and Paolo Toscanelli who were wrong about the size of Asia. A Columbus thought the distance around the world was only two thirds as large as it actually is. Then in 1483 Columbus asked the king of Portugal to finance a voyage across the Atlantic, but the advisers told the king not to finance the voyage so, in 1486 Columbus turned to Portugal's rivals Spain.


Key Terms

christopher_columbus.jpgChristopher Columbus - A Portuaguees sailor who found the U.S.A

p344290-Bahamas-Atlantic_Ocean.jpgAtlantic Ocean - A ocean that stretches west from Europe and America

journal_marcoPolo_1.jpgMarco Polo - A geographer that gave Columbus wrong information

Paolo Toscanelli - A geographer that gave Columbus wrong information

Distance Around the World - the distance around the earth at the equator is 24,902 mi or 40,076 km. In Columbus' time people believed it wasn't that far. Europeans thought Asia was across the Atlantic.

1483 - Columbus asked the king of Portugal to finance a voyage

Portugal - Portugal's advisers told the king not to finance Columbus's voyage

1486 - Columbus turned to Portugal's rivals Spain

Spain - The country that gave Columbus money for his voyage

European - Someone who lives in Europe


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