Christopher Columbus had two brothers. His dad was a weaver. When Columbus was older he helped his dad on the loom. He had little education and only when he was an adult, learned to read and write. He believed that the world was round, not flat, and tried for seven years to prove his point. Columbus always wanted to go to sea. Columbus believed that he could find India by sailing westward.
On the second voyage he passed Puerto Rico and Navidad on November 27-28. On his third voyage he found South America, and Jamaica. On his fourth and last voyage, Columbus found Guanaja Island, and Honduras in Central America. Christopher Columbus tried to reach India but instead found the New World.
In the West Indies he saw foods such as pineapples, sweet potatoes, and corn. Columbus used a sand glass to time the speed of the ship. In Cuba he found Indians smoking the plant known as tobacco.
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