This title introduces readers to Christopher Columbus, the great explorer who opened the Americas for Western Europe. Columbus’s life story is examined from his childhood to his marriage and his early adventures as a sailor. Columbus’s travels are examined, including his command of Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria in his exploration of Cuba, Hispaniola, Venezuela and Jamaica while searching for China in the service of Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. ABDO & Daughters is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.