1000 Facts on Modern History by John Farndon

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But it is Columbus's discovery that lasted. • Other sailors were trying to find their way to China and the east by sailing south round Africa. Columbus, realizing the Earth is round, wanted to strike out west across the open Atlantic Ocean and reach China that way. • After years spent trying to get backing Columbus finally got support from Queen Isabella of Spain. • Columbus set sail on 3 August 1492 in three caravels - the Santa Maria, the Nil1a and the Pinta. • They sailed west intp the unknown for three weeks, by which time the sailors were ready to mutiny with fear.

Others supported Robert from Switzerland. Urban stayed in Rome and Robert went back to Avignon. [n 1409, some church leaders declared a third pope. • In 1417, the Great Schism was ended when a council of all Church leaders elected Martin V as pope in Rome. But the dispute had weakened the Church's authority fatally. UIl/l/1/ S(llletlllll, 1000 Facts on illodern History ... Tllc IIl1prC5511'C Po/OCC 131 ~ 1/1/1/ 1370. ' or I hc FrCllch pOpC5 fell' /1/11/1 IJCII\'CCII f()() )'CIl r5 If/( nllg I hc Ii IIIC or IIIC Grclll SclwlIl.

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