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Columbus Day is an annual celebration that remembers Christoper Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on October 12th, 1492. Columbus Day is held each year on the second Monday of October. For more information on this federal public holiday, keep reading or alternatively download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
- Columbus Day, which is annually on the second Monday of October, remembers Christopher Columbus‘ arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492.
- Instead of landing in the Indies, Columbus landed at what is now the Caribbean Islands; called Guanahani by the Indians and deemed San Salvador by Columbus. Columbus, however, believed he had reached Asia. He died in 1506 still believing he had found a route to the New World.
- Columbus was searching for a new route that would allow ships to bring spices from Asia to Europe.
- He sailed with a 90 man crew on three ships which were called the Santa Maria, the Nina, and the Pinta. They sailed for two long months that were filled with sickness, famine, and exhaustion.
- The first commemoration of Columbus took place in 1792
- Many people do not like this holiday, because the European settlement in the Americas led to the destruction of the history and culture of the people that were native to these lands.
- In 1866, the Italian population of New York organized a celebration of the discovery of America.
- In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison proclaimed the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ landing.
- In 1937, every October 12 was proclaimed as “Columbus Day” by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- In 1968, Columbus Day was declared a federal public holiday on the second Monday in October by President Lyndon B. Johnson, however, 22 states don’t celebrate Columbus Day.
Columbus Day Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Columbus Day Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about the Great Chicago Fire which occurred on October 8, 1871. It was a devastating disaster which happened in Chicago, Illinois, destroying peace and silence in the community. The destructive fire spread quickly and lasted for two days throughout the district of Chicago, burning about 3.3 square miles of the Chicago area.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Columbus Day Facts
- Who was Christopher Columbus
- Columbus Crossword
- Should Columbus Day Be Celebrated?
- Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain?
- Know, Wonder and Learn
- First New World Voyage
- Number the Events
- Guess the Word!
- State It!
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