Volume 5, Number 5, October 4, 1999
Use an encyclopedia or other reference source(s) to help you tell if the following statements are true or false.
1. Columbus was born in Italy.
2. Columbus was sure that the earth was a sphere.
3. Columbus correctly determined the size of the earth.
4. Columbus convinced the king and queen of Spain to finance (give him money for) his search for a new continent.
5. In October of 1492, Columbus realized that he’d discovered a new continent.
6. Columbus was a gentle man who always treated the Native Americans with kindness.
7. Columbus sent some captured Native Americans back to Spain to be sold as slaves.
8. Columbus was extremely successful in converting the Native Americans to Christianity.
Source: Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia
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