Celebrate Columbus Day
Columbus Day marks the discovery of America. In 1492, famous Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain with three ships, the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. He was looking for a shorter route to Asia. Instead, on October 12, 1492, he found the New World: the Americas. He landed on an island and named it “San Salvador.” Today, it’s known as one of the islands in the Bahamas.
For Christopher Columbus and his crew, the new world offered new land, new opportunities, and new people: Native Americans.
We honor Columbus’ achievement on the second Monday of October. This year, Columbus Day falls on October 10. Many communities host parades, like this one in New York City. However, not all of America celebrates this holiday. Columbus’s discovery brought Europeans to the Americas, but it also destroyed many Native American homes and tribes. Because of this, states like California, Oregon, Nevada, and Hawaii do not celebrate this holiday. But either way you look at it, America wouldn’t be what it is today without Christopher Columbus.