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 2017 the holiday will be celebrated on October 9, in 2018 on October 8, and in 2019 on October 14.

Christopher Columbus Banner

Share this banner on social media to commemorate the arrival of Columbus in the Americas.

Listen on Lit2Go

Journey of Christopher Columbus by Wilbur F. Gordy on Lit2Go Part one. Part two. Total duration: 14 minutes

Columbus Story PDF

Two PDFs of Wilbur F. Gordy’s story of Christopher Columbus. Reading level: 7.5. Word count: 888 for first PDF, 1,293 for second PDF.

Young Columbus

Christopher Columbus learning to draw maps from the ClipArt ETC website.

Columbus Reading

Columbus reading Polo’s book from the ClipArt ETC website.

Departure

Parting of Columbus with Ferdinand and Isabella from the ClipArt ETC website.

Embarkation

Embarkation of Columbus at Palos from the ClipArt ETC website.

Setting Sail

Columbus’ fleet setting sail from Palos, from the ClipArt ETC website.

Banner

Banner of the expedition of Columbus from the ClipArt ETC website.

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

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

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.

La Santa María

Another artist’s conception of the Santa María 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.

Triumphal Entry

The triumphal entry of Columbus into Barcelona 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.

Death of Columbus

Illustration of the death of Christopher Columbus from the ClipArt ETC website.

Tomb of Columbus

Tomb of Columbus in Havana from the ClipArt ETC website.

Bartholomew Columbus

Bartholomew Columbus was an Italian explorer from Genoa and the younger brother of Christopher Columbus. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.

Ferdinand Columbus

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.

Columbus Memorial

Columbus Memorial in Washington, D.C., from the ClipPix ETC website.

Columbus Statue

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.

Discoveries of Columbus Map

A map of the Caribbean and western Atlantic showing the routes of Columbus on his four voyages to the region (1492–1502) and his voyage to Honduras and Panama from Juana (Cuba) in 1503. from the Maps ETC website.

Known World

A map showing the part of the world (shown in white) known to Europeans when Columbus sailed in 1492. From the Maps ETC website.

Coat of Arms

Christopher Columbus’ coat of arms from the ClipArt ETC website.