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Christopher Columbus
by Londis Carpenter
Friday, September 05, 2003

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#2 in an historical series. There will be more so skip over them if they are boring to you...I'll understand but the project needs to be done. (smile)

Traveling east by going west,

With three ships and a crew,

Columbus proved the earth was round

In four-teen ninety-two.

Exploring for Spanish monarchs,

Isabella and Ferdinand,

The Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria

Soon reached Waitling Island.

One year later he sailed again

Discovering Puerto Rico

In fifteen hundred returned in chains

And failed to die a hero.



author's note:  Columbus had three ships on his first voyage.  The flagship Santa Maria had the nickname "La Gallega."  Today we would call this kind of ship a carrack.  It was a fat and slow  cargo ship, not meant for exploration.  The santa maria was a 100 ton ship, meaning it could carry 100 "toneladas," which were large kegs of wine.  The Pinta was a caravel,  a smaller, lighter and faster ship.  she was perhaps a 70 ton ship.  The smallest ship, the Nina, was a 50 ton caravel.  However her lateen sails were refitted with square sails on the fore and main masts in the Canary Islands.


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Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 9/6/2003
ooooo,YES. Lonny, this is my fav. so far.. I just love the sea and ships so learning what you've said here was most fasinating to me.. history lessons in charming poem-form and in your capable hands food for my mind and scrumptious to swallow! You are a neverending 'clever fellow'.. This is wonderful! katy xox.
Reviewed by ya mama (Reader) 9/5/2003
show of hands (historians will get the joke)
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/5/2003
Thanks for the history lesson Londis!!

Love Tinka
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