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Off to the New World: The Christopher Columbus Quiz
by Staff
Whether you consider him a visionary explorer or a barbaric invader, there's no doubt that Christopher Columbus was a fascinating guy. How much do you know about the explorer and his many voyages? Take this quiz to find out.

Where was Christopher Columbus from?

  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Portugal

How old was he in 1492?

  • 36 years old
  • 41 years old
  • 45 years old

How many voyages did he make to the New World?

  • one
  • four
  • seven

Was the purpose of Columbus' first voyage to prove the world was round?

  • yes
  • no

Where was Columbus trying to go on his voyages?

  • the Americas
  • Asia
  • Africa

What's the modern name of the Spice Islands that Columbus was trying to reach?

  • Bintuni Islands
  • Taliabu Islands
  • Maluku Islands

Was Columbus the first European to reach the Americas?

  • yes
  • no

Did Columbus ever set foot in what is now the United States?

  • yes
  • no

In the 1480s, Columbus met with European monarchs to obtain sponsorship for a voyage. Where did he try first?

  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • France

Columbus usually asked the monarchs for three ships and this amount of time to return from his journey.

  • a year
  • two years
  • three years

Which country finally said yes to Columbus?

  • Italy
  • Spain
  • France

In 1492, Columbus set out with three ships. One was named the Santa Clara, better known as the …

  • Nina
  • Pinta
  • Santa Maria

What was the first stop on most of Columbus' journeys?

  • Ibiza
  • the Balearic Islands
  • the Canary Islands

Columbus accepted a prize from the Spanish monarchs for being the first to spy land on their voyage. Who probably should've gotten the prize instead?

  • the lookout on the Pinta
  • the captain of the Santa Maria
  • a galley cook on the Nina

Where was the first landfall on that 1492 voyage?

  • the Bahamas
  • Jamaica
  • Haiti

Where did Columbus think he was?

  • Africa
  • the West Indies
  • Asia

How many slaves did Columbus take on his first day in the New World?

  • none
  • six
  • 60

When Columbus landed on Hispaniola (the island that contains Haiti and the Dominican Republic), about 250,000 natives from the Taino tribe lived there. Sixty years later, how many were left?

  • none
  • a few hundred
  • 50,000

What was the first native tribe that gave Columbus and his crew any trouble?

  • Taiba
  • Panuato
  • Ciguayo

When the crew landed in Cuba, where did Columbus think they were?

  • Japan
  • the Spice Islands
  • India

Eighty-eight men came on the first voyage. How many men did Columbus bring with him on his second voyage, in 1493?

  • 300
  • 900
  • 1,200

When Columbus landed on the Venezuelan coast in 1498, he realized he was on a continental landmass. What did he suspect might be there?

  • a huge gold mine
  • the garden of Eden
  • the fountain of youth

On which island were Columbus and his crew stranded for a year during his final voyage?

  • Bermuda
  • Jamaica
  • St. Martin

Columbus' crew planted this crop in Haiti so they could restock on one of their most crucial foods.

  • cucumbers
  • tomatoes
  • beans

What disease is it suspected that Columbus brought back to Europe?

  • malaria
  • syphilis
  • the plague

What's one disease that Columbus' crew probably brought to the New World?

  • smallpox
  • chlamydia
  • cancer

When was Columbus Day made a federal holiday in the United States?

  • 1884
  • 1934
  • 1960

Why was Columbus forced back to Spain in 1500?

  • He was mistreating his fellow Spaniards.
  • He was enslaving the natives.
  • The king and queen discovered he was misusing funds.

Where was Columbus buried?

  • Spain
  • Italy
  • San Salvador, El Salvador

Where are Columbus' remains today?

  • Spain
  • Italy
  • San Salvador, El Salvador