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COLUMBUS DAY

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In fourteen hundred and ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
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About Columbus Day

Columbus Day honors the day Christopher Columbus discovered America. The official holiday falls on October 12. As with all Federal holidays, when a holiday falls on a Sunday - it is usually observed on Monday. When it falls on a Saturday - the holiday is usually observed on a Friday.
The first Columbus Day celebration was held in New York City in 1792 - the city celebrated the 300th anniversary of the landing. Columbus Day has been celebrated annually since 1920.
Many Latin American countries also celebrate October 12 as the Día de la Raza (Day of the Race). The Spanish heritage is honored by people of Latin America. Celebration ceremonies feature speeches, parades, and colorful fiestas.


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Columbus' First Voyage in 1492 Timeline Facts

Aug 3, 1492 The Niña, Pinta and the Santa María sail from Palos, Spain.
Aug 12 The ships reach the Canary Islands and stay there until Sept 6.
Sept 9 Sailing westward, the ships loose sight of land at nightfall.
Sept 30 Ships complete 3 weeks travel with no sight of land. This is the longest journey made with no sight of land.
Oct 7 A mistaken shout of "Land Ho" brings great disappointment.
Oct 10 Sailors are on the point of mutiny, but agree to sail on for 2 or 3 more days.
Oct 12 Columbus discovers America when land is sighted. He goes ashore on San Salvador (Watlings Island) in the Bahamas.
Dec 24 Columbus' flagship, the Santa María is wrecked off Cap Haïtien.
Jan 16, 1493 The Niña and Pinta begin their homeward voyage. Columbus is aboard the Niña.
Feb 8 The 2 ships are hit by strong headwinds.
Feb 12 A storm threatens the Niña.
Feb 13-14 The 2 ships are separated by the storm
Feb 15 The Niña arrives at Santa María island in the Azores and waits 10 days before leaving without the Pinta.
March 3 The Niña arrives at Lisbon and stays there 10 days.
March 15 The Niña returns to its home port, Palos. The Pinta arrives there a few hours later.

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Columbus Day Skit

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Timeline of Voyages

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Visual pictures to look at.

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