The Story of Columbus does not end when he discovered the American continents in 1492. In his lifetime he made four voyages to the New World and instead of enjoying honor and rewards, he suffered much due to jealous colleagues and scheming courtiers. The promise of gold brought out the worst in everyone, as this book, which retraces the years both before and after Columbus's great discovery, makes clear. The life of the great explorer provides a fascinating character study in a thoughtful manner appropriate for intermediate readers.
COLUMBUS AND HIS CREW CONFESS AND TAKE COMMUNION BEFORE SAILING.
This book has many joys for you;
Pictures in red and brown and blue;
Clear maps which show the sunlit seas
That hid such wondrous mysteries;
But best of all! you here will read
Of great Columbus' daring deed,
And find how wise he was and bold
Who dreamt of fair, strange lands of gold
Sought the far borders of the main,
And gave new worlds to mighty Spain.