EL Civics for ESL Students

Columbus Day Lesson, Page 3

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Replica of the Flag on the Santa Maria

Why did the King and Queen of Spain sponsor Columbus's voyage?

  • They wanted to increase Spain's power and wealth by establishing new trade routes and new colonies.
  • Columbus made four trips to the New World.


Indians - Native Americans

What did Columbus call the inhabitants of North America?

  • He thought he was in India, so he called them Indians.
  • The arrival of Columbus and the European colonization that followed led to a genocide of the native population.
  • Many native people were killed, enslaved, committed suicide or died from European diseases.


Burial Place for Christopher Columbus - Cathedral of Seville

When did Christopher Columbus die?

  • He died on May 20, 1506. He was about 55 years old.
  • He is buried in the Cathedral of Seville in Spain.
  • Some experts believe that a mistake was made and that his remains are in Santo Domingo.


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