Columbus Day – October 12th

A U.S. national holiday since 1937, Columbus Day commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. The Italian-born explorer had set sail two months earlier, backed by the Spanish monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. He intended to chart a western sea route to China, India and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia; instead, he landed in the Bahamas, becoming the first European to explore the Americas since the Vikings set up colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland during the 10th century.

Interested in learning more?

1493 : uncovering the new world Columbus created

The Christopher Columbus encyclopedia

The tropics of empire : why Columbus sailed south to the Indies

Vikings : the North Atlantic saga


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