History Smashers: Christopher Columbus and the Taino People

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History Smashers: Christopher Columbus and the Taino People
Author: Messner, Kate
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Time Period: Renaissance
Time Frame: 1492
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: Colonization, Indigenous Americans, Exploration, Caribbean
Genre: Non Fiction
Reading Age: Middle Grade, Upper Middle Grade
Format: Book
Published: 2023

Renaissance > American History > Indigenous American History

Myths! Lies! Secrets! Uncover the hidden truth about Christopher Columbus, and learn all about the Taino people. Perfect for fans of the I Survived books and Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales.

In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed across the ocean and discovered America. Right? WRONG! Columbus never actually set foot in what is now the United States. His voyages took him to islands in the Caribbean and along the coast of South America.

The truth is, when Columbus first arrived, Indigenous peoples, including the Taino, had been living there for thousands of years, raising their families, running their societies, and trading with their neighbors. He didn’t “discover” the lands at all! And his name? Not even really Christopher Columbus! Cowritten by bestselling author Kate Messner and our country’s premier Taino scholar, this fascinating addition to the series is the one that teachers have been asking for and that kids need to read.

Discover the nonfiction series that demolishes everything you thought you knew about history. Don’t miss History Smashers: The Mayflower, History Smashers: Women's Right to Vote, and History Smashers: Pearl Harbor.

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