Primary History

Famous People: Glossary

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Jump to: A-D | E-G | H-L | M-O | P-S | T-Z

A to D

Bahamas
A group of islands not far from North America.
Christian
A person who believes and follows the teachings of Jesus Christ.
compass
In a compass, a metal pointer turns to magnetic North, to show the way.
colonies
Settlements by people from one country who move to another country.
continent
A large land-mass, such as Europe, Asia and North America.

E to G

explorer
Someone who travels to new lands.

H to L

half-hour glass
A simple clock, a glass container half-filled with sand. It takes half an hour for sand to run from the top of the glass to the bottom.
Hispaniola
An island today shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
hold
A space for food, water and stores in a ship, below the deck.

M to O

merchant
Someone who buys and sells things.
monks
Religious men living and working in a monastery.
port
A place where ships start and end voyages.

P to S

reef
Rocks and coral sticking up out of the sea, or just beneath the water.
shift
A period of work, lasting a few hours each day.
spices
Pepper, ginger and other plants used to flavour and preserve food.

T to Z

tides
Movements of the sea, made by the 'pull' of the Moon.
trade
Buying and selling things.
traverse board
An old way of recording a ships path.
Vikings
People of Scandinavia; Vikings sailed to America about AD 1000.
voyage
A long journey by sea.
More famous explorers

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