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Drive Thru American History

The Discovery: Columbus and the New World (#101)

Investigates the “confluence of events” that resulted in Columbus’ discovery of America. In a broad sweep of history, he connects Marco Polo’s writings to Kublai Khan, to the siege of Constantinople, to the closure of the Silk Road, and finally to the need to discover new trade routes to India and China. [25 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: This award-winning series explores the discovery and founding of America. Visit Christopher Columbus’ birthplace in Italy and the place in Spain where he set sail for America. From there through the Revolutionary War and the beginnings of a nation, these programs provide a fast paced drive through history that’s just plain “ cool.”

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