SAT Subject US History Practice Question 940: Answer and Explanation
21. Columbus, Magellan, and Balboa were similar in that
A. their voyages were all sponsored by the Spanish government.
B. they sailed across the Pacific Ocean.
C. they were killed by native inhabitants of North America.
D. they accumulated great personal wealth as a result of their explorations.
E. they found an all-water route to the East.
Correct Answer: A
Columbus was credited with finding the New World, Magellan circumnavigated the globe, and Balboa discovered the Pacific Ocean-all for the Spanish crown. None found an all-water route to the East (E). Columbus died poor (D), and Magellan was killed in a rebellion by natives in the Philippines, not by Native Americans (C). Balboa
and Magellan both sailed to the Pacific Ocean; Columbus did not (B).