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Christopher Columbus determined to find new route to the east. He believed that the eastern shores of Asia lay across the dark Atlantic, and so he set out with three small ships to get there. After a long, dangerous voyage, Columbus reached land on an island on October 12, 1492. He thought he had reached the East Indies and called the natives, Indians. Amerigo Vespucci an Italian sailor, followed Columbus. He confirmed that the new world discovered (America) by Columbus was quite different from Asia.

Ferdinand Magellan a sailor of Spain made the voyage round the world with the help of Spanish King Charles I. He crossed the Atlantic, went around the southern tip of South America and sailing through the straits, he reached the Pacific Ocean and landed at the Islands of Philippines. This voyage was great landmark in the history of exploration of the sea routes.

i. Which island did Columbus want to discover? 

A) East Indies 

B) West Indies 

C) Newzealand 

D) Japan

ii. What was the Island discovered by Columbus? 

A) East Indies 

B) West Indies 

C) Australia 

D) Madagascar

iii. Magellan belongs to the following country 

A) England 

B) Spain 

C) Portugal 

D) Italy

iv. Who followed Columbus? 

A) Columbus 

B) Amerigo Vespucci 

C) Vasco Da Gama 

D) Copernicus

v. Amerigo Vespucci an ……….. sailor. 

A) Italian 

B) Spain 

C) Portuguese 

D) English

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i. A) East Indies

ii. B) West Indies

iii. B) Spain

iv. B) Amerigo Vespucci

v. A) Italian

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