Thursday, October 8, 2009

History of Columbus Day

The first recorded celebration honoring the discovery of America by Europeans took place on October 12, 1792 in New York City. The event, which celebrated the 300th anniversary of Columbus' landing in the New World.
San Francisco's Italian community held their first Columbus Day celebration in 1869. In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison urged citizens to participate in the the 400th anniversary celebration of Columbus' first voyage. It was during this event that the Pledge of Allegiance, written by Francis Bellamy, was recited publically for the first time. Colorado was the first state to observe the holiday in 1905.
In 1937, President Roosevelt proclaimed October 12 as "Columbus Day" and in 1971, President Nixon declared the second Monday of October a national holiday.

Test your knowledge on Columbus

1) Which ship did Columbus command on his first voyage to the New World?

Santa Maria

2) When was the first recorded celebration of Columbus Day in the United States?


3) The Santa Maria was shipwrecked off the coast of this present-day island:


4) During which voyage was Columbus led back to Spain in shackles?

2nd voyage
3rd voyage
4th voyage

5) Columbus declared himself governor of this island:

Puerto Rico

I will post the answers on Columbus day

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