Off to the New World: The Christopher Columbus Quiz
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?
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?
Was the purpose of Columbus' first voyage to prove the world was round?
Where was Columbus trying to go on his voyages?
What's the modern name of the Spice Islands that Columbus was trying to reach?
Was Columbus the first European to reach the Americas?
Did Columbus ever set foot in what is now the United States?
In the 1480s, Columbus met with European monarchs to obtain sponsorship for a voyage. Where did he try first?
Columbus usually asked the monarchs for three ships and this amount of time to return from his journey.
Which country finally said yes to Columbus?
In 1492, Columbus set out with three ships. One was named the Santa Clara, better known as the …
What was the first stop on most of Columbus' journeys?
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?
Where did Columbus think he was?
the West Indies
How many slaves did Columbus take on his first day in the New World?
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?
a few hundred
What was the first native tribe that gave Columbus and his crew any trouble?
When the crew landed in Cuba, where did Columbus think they were?
the Spice Islands
Eighty-eight men came on the first voyage. How many men did Columbus bring with him on his second voyage, in 1493?
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?
Columbus' crew planted this crop in Haiti so they could restock on one of their most crucial foods.
What disease is it suspected that Columbus brought back to Europe?
What's one disease that Columbus' crew probably brought to the New World?
When was Columbus Day made a federal holiday in the United States?
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.