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Was It Worth It?

The cost of Christopher Columbus' voyage to America was $7250. The breakdown was as follows:

  • Salary for Columbus ($320)
  • Salary for the Captains of other two ships ($180 each)
  • Sailors ($29 each)
  • Vessels and equipment ($2825)
Question 1: How many sailors were there on the voyage?

Question 2: How much would this voyage cost today?

Solution:

Source: H. Prochnow's 1000 Quips, Stories, & Illustrations, 1972, pp. 133-134