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Mr. West's Prezi on Christopher Columbus
Transcript of Mr. West's Prezi on Christopher Columbus
Genoa, Italy in 1541. When the city of Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks in the 1450s, (which is now in the country of Turkey), it was no longer safe for Europeans to get to Asia by land, so they began to search for other ways to trade with what they called the "East Indies" Map of the "Silk Road" Some people, like Bartolomeu Dias, tried getting there by sailing around Africa Columbus had a different idea. He decided he was going to sail West...in order to eventually end up in the East. But Columbus needed money to test out his idea, and that meant asking
the kings and queens of Europe He asked the rulers of Portugal, Venice, Genoa and England, and it seemed like
nobody was willing to pay for Columbus' far-fetched idea Finally, he asked King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, and they agreed
to give Columbus the money for his expedition. In return, anything Columbus found,
was to be claimed for Spain. Columbus chartered 3 ships: The Nina,
The Pinta, and the Santa Maria, and set sail for the west What he found was North and South America, and when word reached Spain of the riches he had found in the New World, hundreds of others followed in his footsteps. Thus began the Age of Exploration and European Conquest By the way, Columbus wasn't the first European to get to the Americas. A viking named Leif Ericson beat him to it in 1002 :)