October 12: Christopher Columbus
On this date in 1492, Christopher Columbus first arrived in the Americas. In the United States, the event is celebrated as “Columbus Day” and falls on the second Monday in October. In 2018, the holiday will be celebrated on October 8. In 2019, it will fall on October 14.
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La Santa María
Columbus’ flagship from the ClipArt ETC website. There are no original drawings of Columbus’ ships, so all illustrations are guesses based on what was known about the size of the three ships.
La Niña (Spanish for The Girl) was one of the three Spanish ships used by Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in his first voyage to the West Indies in 1492. As was tradition for Spanish ships of the day, she bore a female saint’s name, Santa Clara. However, she was commonly referred to by her nickname, La Niña, from the ClipArt ETC website.
La Pinta (Spanish for The Painted One , The Look, or The Spotted One ) was the fastest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first transatlantic voyage in 1492. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.
Columbus Discovering Land
Illustration of Columbus sighting land in the New World from the ClipArt ETC website.
Raising the Cross
The raising of the Christian cross following the discovery of the New World from the ClipArt ETC website.
Royal Reception of Columbus
Columbus being received by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella at Barcelona, after returning from the New World from the ClipArt ETC website.
Francisco de Bobadilla
Francisco de Bobadilla put Columbus in chains. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.
Bartholomew Columbus was an Italian explorer from Genoa and the younger brother of Christopher Columbus. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.
Ferdinand Columbus, second son of Christopher Columbus from the ClipArt ETC website.
Statue on Genoa, Italy
A grand statue of Christopher Columbus stands tall in Genoa, Italy, from the ClipArt ETC website.
Stern figure of Christopher Columbus, located outside of Union Station, Washington, D.C., from the ClipPix ETC website.
Columbian Half Dollar
Half Dollar (50 cents) United States coin from 1892. Obverse has the head of Columbus right-facing with the inscription from the ClipArt ETC website.
The New World
A facsimile of a map prepared by Bartholomew Columbus soon after the death of his brother the admiral (1506), to enlist the interest of the pope in his projects to colonize and Christianize Veragua. From the Maps ETC website.