Discusses the voyages of Christopher Columbus who determined to beat everyone in the race to the Indies. Christopher Columbus counted on finding gold and spices when he set sail to discover a new route to the Indies, but all he got was parrots, naked natives in grass huts, and mosquito bites. But that didn't stop him from making more trips across the sea, even when he didn't find the riches he hoped for. What he never expected was that he'd discover a whole new world. Jean Fritz makes history accessible once more in this wry biography of a legendary explorer.