Interesting Facts about Christopher Columbus
Ever since you were a child in school, you’ve celebrated and learned interesting facts about Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day; the day that Christopher Columbus had discovered North America and settled on the east coast. As you’ve aged, Columbus Day probably hasn’t been a big part of your life as it once was, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t brush up on these facts about Columbus Day to use as trivia with the young ones in your family!
Here are some interesting facts about Christopher Columbus, as well as facts about Columbus Day. Enjoy!
- Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492
- Columbus Day was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century
- Columbus Day became a federal holiday in 1937 as proclaimed by Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Christopher Columbus was born in Italy
- When Columbus spotted Cuba he thought it was mainland China
- In many parts of the United States, Columbus Day has evolved into a celebration of Italian-American heritage
- Contrary to popular belief, most educated Europeans in Columbus’ day understood that the world was round, but they did not yet know that the Pacific Ocean existed.
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