Columbus had sailed the ocean blue and discovered America and he was being brought back to Spain when pirates overtook the ship he was on. The rest of the crew was set off in rowboats. Your job is to work out which pirate kidnapped him and kept him on board or why Columbus pretended to be kidnapped.
Reading level: 6
This version comes with teacher's notes.
It's Columbus's third voyage. He'd already sailed the ocean blue and discovered America (although he still thinks he went to part of Asia) and he was being brought back to Spain for investigation when pirates overtook the ship he was on.
The rest of the crew was set off in rowboats for the nearby coast of Spain. Most thought Columbus was with them, but he has just been discovered missing. Your job is to work out which pirate kidnapped him and kept him on board and why they did this or why Columbus pretended to be kidnapped.
Clegg: "He (Columbus) got all of his calculations wrong and he just discovered land by mistake. Why he thinks he reached Asia! That's absurd. He's an embarrassment to all serious explorers."
What They've Said:
Janet Umlauf sent in this feedback about her party:
We had another super successful Mystery Dinner party with your Kidnapped by Pirates. I've enclosed pics of decorations in this email. I will enclose general pix in another. Our teen group and leaders go all out! Super fun. The characters were really fun. I added several as we had additional people coming...One-Eyed Jane and Gun-Powder Gertie were 2 gals I added.
We had a big sail at the entry way--the way to enter our "ship" The Jolly Roger. Then we had the table in the captains quarters. Hidden underneath was an ipod dock where we had pirate music playing all evening. We created a couple of spots for pictures. Davy Jones Locker with our dead pirate at the bottom of the sea and the giant pirate flag on the wall. We served cool Pirate snacks and behind the food tables there are portholes. We had oil lamps along with a variety of weaponry on every table. I had so much fun putting everything together!