October 12, 1492
Christopher Columbus Saw Land!
Early in the morning on October 12, 1492, a sailor
looked out to the horizon from the bow of his sailing
ship, the Pinta, and saw land. After 10 long weeks at
sea, from the port of Palos, Spain, Columbus and his
crews saw 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 planted the
flag of their sponsors, King Ferdinand and Queen
Isabella of Spain. Columbus continued his exploration,
discovering other lands. Do you know what other places
Columbus found as he continued his journey?
The first Columbus Day celebration in the United
States took place on October 12, 1792, 300 years after
his first discovery,but it still wasn'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 country.
Columbus also explored the northeast coast of
Cuba (landed on October 28 ) and the northern
coast of Hispaniola, by December 5.