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a Spanish explorer who came to the Americas in the 1500s and claimed large areas of land for Spain

Northwest Passage

the supposed route across the northern part of North America that Europeans were looking for but never found

contagious disease

a sickness that can pass quickly from one person to another as germs are spread by touch or through the air

East Indies

Southeast Asia, including India, Indonesia, and Malaysia


a community ruled by another country, not by its own people

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