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Discovery of America.
Hello friends, welcome to a new Happy Learning video. Today we are going to learn about the discovery of America
In the fifteenth century, when the Catholic queen Isabel and King Fernando reigned in Spain, Christopher Columbus, a courageous marine adventurer, whose roots are believed to be Italian, got economic help from Queen Isabel to undertake a trip by sea around the earth. At the time, everyone believed that the Earth was square and flat, except Columbus, who believed it was round, and with this trip he intended to prove it. For that, he wanted to cross the Atlantic Ocean and reach the Indies, making an almost complete loop around the world.
On August 3, 1492, he left with three ships and ninety men from the Port of Palos, in Spain, into the unknown. By the way, the three boats were called La Niña, La Pinta and la Santa Maria.
First they went to the Canary Islands, where they filled their ships with supplies, that is, food and water. And from there they continued on their adventure …
They spent days and days, weeks and weeks sailing without seeing land and after almost a month of sailing, with a desperate and tired crew that had already tried mutiny on more than one occasion, a sailor named Rodrigo de Triana shouted: Earth in sight !!!!! and from that moment, the world was changed.
They had arrived at Guanahaní Island, later name San Salvador which was inhabited by peaceful Indians. After returning to Spain, Christopher Columbus organized three more trips to America where he discovered other unknown lands such as Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Honduras, Panama … and where he led an exchange of products and animals. From America, he took unknown foods such as potato, tomato and chocolate to Europe and from Europe to America he took animals that did not exist there, like hens and horses …
In 1506, the admirable Christopher Columbus died convinced that he had found a new route to reach Asia and had shown that the Earth was round but he never knew nor imagined that he had discovered a new continent.
In homage to the great travels of Christopher Columbus, a country in South America was named after him! Do you know what it is? Well, of course … Colombia, but … I’m sure you’re wondering why the new continent was named America.
It was in honour of Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian navigator who was the first to realize that the lands discovered by Columbus belonged to a new continent.
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