Christopher Columbus Sees Land!
On October 12, 1492
in the morning on October 12, 1492, a sailor looks out to the
horizon from the bow of his sailing ship, the Pinta, and sees
land. After 10 long weeks at sea, from the port of Palos,
Spain, Columbus and his crews see the New World. The following
day, 90 crew members from Columbus's three-ship fleet set foot
on the island of Guanahani in the Bahamas and plant the flag
of their sponsors, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain.
Columbus continues his exploration, discovering other lands.
The first Columbus Day celebration in the
United States takes place on October 12, 1792--300 years after
his first discovery--but it still isn't an official holiday
for another 100 years. Days commemorating special events like
Columbus Day or birthdays of famous leaders, like Martin
Luther King Jr., become national holidays and help us remember
the important contributions these individuals made to our