(October 12) Today we're celebrating . . .  Columbus Day

Columbus Day (US)

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

Celebrating Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the Americas (the New World).

In 1492 Columbus left Spain with three ships – the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria – looking to find an alternative route to India. After sighting land, his fleet eventually landed on what is now know as the Bahamas.

Observed as a national holiday in the US and by Italian-Americans as a celebration of their culture and heritage.

The discovery of the Americas is also celebrated in different countries. Known as Di­a de la Raza (Day of the Race) in many Latin American countries, as Di­a de las Culturas (Day of the Cultures) in Costa Rica, Discovery Day in the Bahamas, Di­a de la Hispanidad in Spain, and Dia de la Resistencia Indi­gena (Day of Indigenous Resistance) in Venezuela.*

*source: wikipedia – Columbus Day

2 Responses to “(October 12) Today we're celebrating . . .  Columbus Day”

  1. Rich Says:

    Shouldn’t it be Amerigo Day? After all our country is named after Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian we credit with discovering America. In Columbus’s own words “Columbus never thought Vespucci had tried to steal his laurels, and in 1505 he wrote his son, Diego, saying of Amerigo, “It has always been his wish to please me; he is a man of good will; fortune has been unkind to him as to others; his labors have not brought him the rewards he in justice should have.”

    Amerigo Vespucci was a Florentine merchant and navigator who made at least two transatlantic trips to the New World, voyages that inspired cartographer Martin Wardseemüller to label the new continent “America” in 1507.

    Somehow an account of a 1497 voyage was published, and Wardseemüller came to believe that Vespucci had commanded the expedition and had reached the New World before Christopher Columbus, who found the mainland in 1498. Wardseemüller named the continent America and the label stuck.

  2. Lawrence Says:

    Shouldn’t we call today Spread Slavery & Disease Day? It’s interesting that America omits Columbus’ “discoveries” right before, during AND after he got lost; or of his recommendations of what to do with the “Indians” after they saved his tookus. Try doing an online search of “Columbus and slavery” and see what pops up. Have a nice day everyone.

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