by Peter C. Mancall

When Christopher Columbus made his plans to sail westward across the Atlantic, he first set off across Europe to find sponsors. His brother Bartholomew went to the court of the English King Henry VII (who turned him down, much to the regret of later Britons who realized the opportunity they had missed). Eventually Columbus received support from King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. He sailed westward in search of a new route to the riches of East Asia and the Southwest Pacific, but he also ventured forth as an agent of a particular European state. Columbus therefore claimed (and renamed) new lands for Spain and planted the Spanish flag to mark its expanded territory.More »

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Common Core–aligned history units to help history and ELA teachers improve reading and writing instruction.

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Units and Lesson Plans In American History

Developed by master teachers. Aligned to core History, Civics, and English Language Arts standards.

The following Teaching Literacy through History (TLTH) units and lessons target the skills and strategies students must learn before they can gain academic independence. Each unit develops key literacy skills, such as examining vocabulary text, discerning argument construction, analyzing non-fiction texts, and writing critical analysis.

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Letter from Christopher Columbus

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Columbus’s letter printed in Latin in Rome, April 1493. (GLC01427)
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