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3rd Grade - Global Winds and the Triangle Trade

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The early explorers, Woodward, Hilton, Ribaud and DeSoto, sailing from England, France and Spain used the North Star as their guide, but they didn't sail directly west to America. Learn why they sailed south along the coast of Africa before crossing the Atlantic.

The reason they did this is also the reason why Charleston was the destination for nearly 40% of those brought here as slaves and why Charleston became one of the wealthiest cities in the world.

Harriet Tubman used the North Star as her guide too. "Follow the bottom of the Drinking Gourd" was her secret code to lead many slaves to freedom and you can learn her secret to guide you wherever you wish to go.


Set the night watch and look to the stars for your guide!

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