One story of how America was found.
The credit of the story doesn’t belong to me.
Image from page 41 of “Content holidays” (1921)
Title: Content holidays
Year: 1921 (1920s)
Authors: Wickes Frances Gillespy, 1875-1967
Subjects: Children’s stories
Publisher: Chicago : Rand McNally
Contributing Library: New York Public Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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A small boy stood on the wharf watching a white-sailed vessel place out to sea COLUMBUS DAY A Tiny BOY OF GENOA FRANCES G. WICKES A Tiny boy stood on the wharf watchinga white-sailed vessel place out to sea. Howhe longed to go with her across the fantastic, wide,mysterious ocean! What happened when the shipsank out of sight below the horizon? What won-derful lands lay beyond? Would he ever seethem? Smaller sized and smaller grew the ship. Someone jostled against him, and he started asthough from a dream. It was time to go residence.As he came into the residence he heard the boom!boom! of his fathers shuttle, for his father wasa weaver. There were a lot of weavers in the cityof Genoa. All the neighbors have been weavers, andall the children little Christopher played withwere weavers kids, and would be eitherweavers or sailors some day. Now the little boyslipped into the seat by his father. The greatship has sailed, father, he stated. How I wishI had sailed with her! Some day, some day,answered his father. But
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Columbus Tours Cuba and Takes Souvenirs
We all know that when Cristóbal Colón embarked from Spain he was hunting for something other than a place to take a vacation. Cuba actually got in the way of his quest for rapid access to the Indies and the spice trade riches they possessed. So when Columbus and his convoy reached land right after a voyage of a lot more than two months, he got lucky when he located a diverse form of wealth: new land match for colonisation and sources to claim for his country.
In October of 1492, on the very first of his 4 Caribbean sightseeing tours, Cuba, Hispaniola, and some of the Bahamas have been found. He landed on one particular of the little Bahaman islands first, but which a single in specific has been forgotten. A couple of weeks later, the expedition stumbled into the island upon which Columbus would take several Cuba holidays more than the following decade.
Upon landing in Cuba, he sent out a party of his men to locate the Emperor of China. They came back alternatively with news of indigenous natives who rolled leaves into some thing known as a “tabaco” which they smoked via their nostrils. Columbus took about twenty-five of these cigar-smoking natives house to Spain as souvenirs. But taking trophies was just the start of his heavy-handedness in the nation.
Items would get a lot worse for the natives in the years following Columbus’s first expeditionary tour. Cuba, at the time of the discovery, had a population of a lot more than 200,000 aborigines. Most of these would be wiped out by the illnesses that the Spanish brought to the island, the rest would grow to be slaves.
Columbus Finds Islands, But Loses Ships
It was not all sunshine and cigars for his crew either. Three months into his charting of the Caribbean, the flagship Santa Maria was wrecked in a storm. This was to be his 1st wreckage in these waters. He managed to drop eight more in his voyages of 1493, 1498, and 1502. As a result, scuba enthusiasts taking wreck diving tours in Cuba today might be unknowingly exploring the wrecks that once carried Columbus from Spain.
As European interest in the region grew, more and a lot more ships fell victim to its shallow waters and hidden reefs. Some historians reckon there are still about a hundred wreckages scattered in the waters around the Caribbean islands waiting to be found.
On the last of his voyages Columbus lost two ships and was marooned in Jamaica for a year. Not such an unpleasant fate to endure, you may possibly believe, but it goes to show that the Caribbean was a treacherous place to sail in back then, and though Christopher Columbus was undoubtedly a excellent navigator, his voyages weren’t all plain sailing.
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