<p>Christopher Columbus's early life at sea led him to seek his fortune by sailing west in hopes of creating new trade routes. In the end, he accomplished much, much more. Kids will discover why he called himself the Great Admiral of the Seas, learn about his struggles to find financial support for his voyage, and find out how he ultimately prevailed.</p><br /><br /><b>Series Information</b><br /><br />With straightforward language and illustrations on nearly every page, the Who Was...? series invites kids to explore history by learning about key figures from politics, sports, music, literature, and more. Each book tells the story of a person's life and major accomplishments, and discusses the historic events that shaped his or her world. The books also include timelines, bibliographies, and suggestions for further research.