Myth-Busting Columbus, by Kelly Bakshi, has it all – adventure, intrigue, scandal, power struggles, lies, and the true story of one of our nation’s most famous historical figures. Should Columbus be honored and celebrated for his contributions or vilified? This book is exactly what teachers need to spice up their U.S. and World History studies. There are several questions this book will answer.
First, was Columbus the first European explorer to “discover” North America or were others there before him?” Is our country named “Columbia” after Columbus or named for some other explorer? Second, was Columbus searching for “The New World,” or was he looking for something else? Third, was he a great leader or hero based on how he treated his men and the native peoples in the New World? Finally, what did Columbus accomplish? What can we credit him with? What was the Columbian Exchange and how did it affect the world?
As a companion to classroom history text books, Myth-Busting Columbus is presented in an easy-to-read format. Small bits are presented with “Think About it Review” questions for continued discussion. It is illustrated with interesting photos, paintings, and maps that further grab our attention. There is a vocabulary word list and bibliography, too.
In Myth-Busting Columbus, Kelly Bakshi has brought history alive in a way that will stimulate classroom discourse. It will also clear up long held historical inaccuracies. Thank you, Kelly Bakshi, for this much-needed clarification!