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Spanish Explorers of America
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
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     challenging words:    Hernando, northwest, monk, riches, explorer, wealth, search, neither, west, quick, island, matter, during, fight, same, also
     content words:    Christopher Columbus, Leif Eriksson, Hoei Shin, New World, Vasco Balboa, Pacific Ocean, Ferdinand Magellan, Atlantic Ocean, South America, Philippine Islands


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Spanish Explorers of America
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Who was the first explorer of America? Do you know? Some people think it was Christopher Columbus. Some people think it was a Viking named Leif Eriksson. Others credit a Chinese monk named Hoei Shin.
 
2     The first explorers from Spain were led by Columbus. He was sent by Isabella, the queen of Spain. His job was to find a shorter way to get to China. It took months to get to China by sailing around Africa. Columbus thought he could get there by sailing due west.
 
3     When Columbus sailed west in 1492, he did not find China. He found the island of Haiti. He thought the land was really India and called the natives, Indians. He soon found out that he was wrong. That did not matter. He saw that the land was good and the people had gold. He went back to Spain and told the queen. She was very happy with him. He made three more trips back to the New World.

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