Every year, the second Monday of October is celebrated as Columbus Day to remember Christopher Columbus’ arrival in America. Not just in United States, this holiday is celebrated in various other countries, too. For instance, Latin America, Spain, Italy and Argentina are a few examples. It’s recognized with different names in different places such as Día de la Raza” (“Day of the Race”) in some parts of the Latin America. In Spain the calendars will read it as “Día de la Hispanidad” or “Fiesta Nacional”. Our list of Columbus Day trivia questions & answers is a delightful activity to give a recap of the reasons and facts pertaining to the National holiday.
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History of Columbus Day
He was an Italian sailor, out on an expedition to Asia sent by Spanish monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. His journey began on the third of August in 1492 from Spain in three ships namely, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. Christopher Columbus changed history on October, 12th 1492 by accidently discovering the land of Americas on his search to a route to China and East Asia for their riches. He was the first European to set foot in Bahamas, after the Vikings back in the tenth century. This began the ‘age of discoveries’ and lead to colonization.
Columbus Day Trivia Facts
The holiday was fixed in 1971 to second Monday of October, every year.
Christopher Columbus was not the first European to ‘discover’ America, Vikings had been here before him in the tenth century.
Not everyone celebrate this event, some locales have named it Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
It has become controversial as Columbus’ actions brought slavery and death and he should not be called a hero.
Christopher Columbus was born in 1451 in Genoa, Italy
Before being an explorer, Christopher Columbus was a trader
Of his three ships, Santa Maria was wrecked.
Columbus thought that Asia and Portugal were only 2,400 miles apart, when the actual distance was 10,000 files.
It took six years to convince Queen Isabella to fund Christopher Columbus’ expedition as she was doubtful that it will bear any fruit.
Christopher Columbus was 14 when he developed an interest in sailing and seafaring.
He used to sell maps and charts.
Columbus Day Trivia Questions & Answers
Q: How many trips did Christopher Columbus make to what he believed was Asia?
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