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Estevanico the Explorer



Estevanico the Explorer
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.5

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    healers, port, northeast, dreams, mainland, settled, slave, born, traveled, journey, freedom, alive, shores, expedition, convince, become
     content words:    Andres Dorantes, New World, Santa Domingo, Mobile Bay, New Orleans, Galveston Bay, This Moroccan


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Estevanico the Explorer
By Jane Runyon
  

1     Estevanico was black. He was born around 1500 in Morocco. Morocco is a country on the northeast coast of Africa. Estevanico was captured by the Spanish. He was purchased by a man named Andres Dorantes de Carranzo.
 
2     Carranzo was an explorer. He believed that he could become very rich by exploring new lands. He searched for gold, jewels, and new things that could make him rich. Carranzo joined a 600-man expedition to the New World. He took his slave Estevanico with him.
 
3     The expedition first stopped on an island east of the mainland. The port was called Santa Domingo. When the ship landed, 143 of the 600 men ran away from the group. When the ships sailed to Cuba, they ran into hurricanes. Another 67 men were lost in the storms. That left 400 men to carry out the exploration.

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