Christopher Columbus' Discoveries: History & Summary


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On behalf of what country did Columbus sail to the Americas?

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1. The island of Hispaniola comprises what modern-day countries?

2. When does the term encomienda mean?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Christopher Columbus is one of the most familiar names in history, but the commonly held belief that he discovered America often overshadows the reality and consequences of his voyages to the New World. This quiz/worksheet combo will test your knowledge on Columbus, his motivations and goals, and his true impact on world history.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Misconceptions of the term discovery
  • The sponsor of Columbus' voyages
  • Early settlements Columbus established in the Caribbean
  • The system of encomienda and its consequences
  • Columbus and his role in the slave trade

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall- access the information you've gained about Columbus' different voyages and the settlements he established
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge of Columbus to answer questions about the effects of European exploration of the New World
  • Critical thinking - use your knowledge of Columbus to examine his legendary achievement in a new light

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on Columbus and his place in history. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Differentiate between the myth of Columbus and the man
  • Understand the motives of New World exploration and colonization
  • Know how colonists exploited indigenous people
  • Understand the unintended consequences of globalization during the age of Columbus