Monday, 14 October 2013

Columbus Day

Happy the Columbus Day!

A.k.a Discovery Day in the Bahamas, and Day of the Americas in Belize.

Landing of Columbus

On October 12, 1492, as you know, Christopher Columbus discovered the New World. He landed on an island, now San Salvador, the Bahamas.

But only on March 27, 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon becomes the first European definitely known to sight what is now the territory of the United States. Or mayby vikings discovered Vinland, now known as New England...

Columbus (or Discovery) Days have been celebrated unofficially since the late 18th century, and officially in various areas since the early 20th century.

Dióscoro Teófilo Puebla Tolín. First landing of Columbus

Thomas A. Bowden, the author of The Enemies of Christopher Columbus, said: "On Columbus Day, in sum, we celebrate Western civilization as history’s greatest cultural achievement. What better reason could there be for a holiday?"

Christopher Columbus and his crew leaving the port of Palos, Spain, for the New World

In the United States since 1970, the Columbus Day has been fixed to the second Monday in October. It is the same day as Thanksgiving in Canada. But Hawaii, Alaska, and South Dakota do not recognize Columbus Day.

...And Columbus never landed on the American continent.

Have a nice day!