... to share perspectives on the changing currents around Columbus Day and the challenges of learning and teaching history, ... James Loewen’s Lies My Teacher Told Me, and his shorter Lies My Teacher Told Me about Christopher Columbus, critique how textbooks have covered Columbus.

That December, Columbus claimed an island in the Caribbean Sea for Spain. The explorer Christopher Columbus made four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain: in 1492, 1493, 1498 and 1502. Christopher Columbus – Birth of an Explorer Christopher Columbus was born in 1451 in beautiful Genoa, Italy. Like other people of his time, Columbus did not know that two continents would be in his way: the Americas. Asked in Explorers and Expeditions , Christopher Columbus Christopher Columbus took the voyages because he was curious and wanted explore India. He was raised in the shadows of medieval gates behind him and the open sea in front of him -- the perfect backdrop for a boy looking for adventure. He also wanted fame and to be rich. I am here today though to tell you some well known challenges that the famous Christopher Columbus had to face. After an 11-week journey from Spain, he landed in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492. He called it Hispaniola. Christopher Columbus. The Columbus Day Problem. Christopher Columbus: Christopher Columbus set sail in 1492 with three ships on an expedition to find an alternate route to Asia. Question: What obstacles did Christopher Columbus face? Christopher Columbus faced a challenge the day he was born. In 1492, a Spanish-based transatlantic maritime expedition led by Italian explorer Christopher Columbus encountered the Americas, continents which were virtually unknown in Europe, Asia and Africa and were outside the Old World political and economic system. Christopher Columbus faced lots of challenges that we don't know about. You may think that this is not important, but it is. The four voyages of Columbus led to the widespread knowledge that a continent existed west of Europe and east of Asia. That challenge was that his whole family was weavers.

Columbus thought he had reached the Indies (see map, below).