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NONFICTION 6. From the passage you can tell that A B C D

Columbus discovered America people were interested in the new world the pope had no authority Vespucci found a route to India

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7. The author of this passage wants to A B C D

keep the reader thinking explain an answer entertain the reader settle an argument

8. All of the following are facts about Amerigo Vespucci except A B C D

Spain and Portugal paid for his journeys he wrote about what he saw he was convinced he found Asia his opinions were widely accepted

9. Who do you think discovered America? Explain why you think it was Columbus, Vespucci, or someone else. Use details from the passage to support your answer.

Christopher Columbus From the time we start school we learn that Christopher Columbus, an Italian sailor, left Spain in 1492. He was in search of a new route to India. What he found, however, was a land that was later named the Americas. Columbus claimed this land for Spain. He thought he had found Asia, though. In 1492, the king of Portugal was convinced he was in control of Asia. The kings of Spain and Portugal wanted to curb tension between the two counties. They appealed to the pope to settle this dispute. The pope drew a make-believe line running north and south around the world. This line divided the world in half. This gave Portugal control of the lands east of the line, which included portions of what is now Brazil. Spain maintained control of lands to the west of the line. This included all the lands Columbus found. So, is it true that Columbus discovered America?


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Amerigo Vespucci Several years later, in 1499, an Italian merchant named Amerigo Vespucci became interested in Columbus’ voyages. Columbus thought he had reached Asia. He knew that he had not found a new route to India. Vespucci wanted to succeed where Columbus had failed. He sailed to the new land as part of a mission. Spain sponsored this trip. Two years later, Portugal funded another journey. Vespucci wrote letters about both trips. Based upon what he saw, he was convinced that this new land was not part of Asia. He noted the varied plants and animals in the new world. He discussed the natives he saw. He wrote about how they looked and what they ate. He also described their family structures. His views were widely read and became very popular. In 1507, a German mapmaker drew a new world map. He called the new continent America. So, who really discovered America? Was it Christopher Columbus who explored land he thought was Asia? Was it Amerigo Vespucci who recognized that this new land was not Asia? Was it the people who were already there? Or, was it someone else entirely?

1. The kings of Portugal and Spain sought the help of A B C D

the pope a German mapmaker the native Americans the people in their countries

2. What is this passage mostly about? A B C D

proving Columbus discovered America proving Vespucci discovered America the role of Spain and Portugal two men and their roles in history

3. After Columbus reached the new land A B C D

he named the continent America he proved he reached Asia he brought back riches from India Vespucci went to the new world

4. Both Columbus and Vespucci A B C D

were were were were

from Spain mapmakers by trade born in Italy sponsored by the king of Portugal

5. Both Columbus and Vespucci could be described as A B C D

distracted and impatient inquisitive and intelligent quiet, but controlling supportive and generous


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