Samuel Eliot Morison, 1942
1959; National Book Award, 1960
By Kathryn and Byron Jackson and Pictures by Tibor Gergely
Christopher Columbus was an explorer and trader who crossed the Atlantic Ocean and reached the Americas in 1492 under the flag of Castilian Spain. He believed that the earth was a relatively small sphere, and argued that a ship could reach the Far East via a westward course.
Italian explorer sailing for Spain. First spotted Carribean Islands on October 11, 1492, landing on San Salvador. Thinking he had reached Asia he name the area the Indies and called the inhabitants Indians. He captured many natives and later sold them into slavery. He made 4 trips to the New World.
The Santa Maria was a carrack, nicknamed Gallega (the Gallician) and was the flagship for his first voyage.
Director: David MacDonald. Also starred Kathleen Ryan, Derek Bond & Nora Swinburne