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Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus is known for "discovering" America in 1492. An Italian explorer, Columbus was commissioned by Spain to find a trade passage to Asia. In 1492 he landed in the Bahamas and claimed the territory for Spain. Columbus was not the first to discover the Americas, but is credited with opening up the North American continent for European colonization. Columbus Day is officially the second Monday in October, but many states and localities are opting to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day instead.

Born - October 31, 1451

Died - May 20, 1506

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Columbus Day Controversy  (M, O, T)
Each October, a holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus ushers in debate about the man’s character and accomplishments. Most people now know that Columbus didn’t actually discover America, nor did he discover that the earth was not flat. Beyond that, there are 3 main issues with Columbus’ activities in the Americas at the heart of the debate about whether Columbus Day should exist: “the use of violence and slavery, the forced conversion of native peoples to Christianity, and the introduction of a host of new diseases that would have dramatic long-term effects on native people in the Americas”. Learn more from this feature on the man, the controversies, and the consequences.

Christopher Columbus Biography  (M)
Famed Italian explorer Christopher Columbus discovered the 'New World' of the Americas on an expedition sponsored by King Ferdinand of Spain in 1492. From

Coming to America: Who Was First?  (M,O,T)
An Article featured on NPR

Children's: History 1 - Christopher Columbus  (Y, M)
A You Tube educational video tutorial on Columbus created by

Columbus Day  (Y)
From Brain Pop Jr. This website also contains quizzes, games, and activities for the younger student.

Columbus Day Facts  (Y, M)
From, this webpage contains links to related games, activities, and quizzes on Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day.

The Truth About Columbus  (T)
The Oatmeal details the truth about Columbus (and why Bartolome Day might be a more appropriate federal holiday) in this graphic.

Columbus Day Activities  (Y,M)

Columbus Day Activities  (Y)
DLTK's Crafts for Kids

Columbus Day Crafts and Activities  (Y)
Crafts projects for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children. The crafts use materials found around the house. From

Christopher Columbus  (Y)

Columbus Day Holiday Recommended Reading -  (Y,M)
Kids' books that teach about Christopher Columbus.

Columbus Day: Christopher Columbus Sets Sail  (Y,M)
Though he didn't produce much profit for the monarchs of Spain, Columbus opened a path to the new world for all of Europe. You Tube presentation from the History Channel.

Columbus' letter to the King and Queen of Spain  (M,O)
Transcript of a letter probably dated 1494. The text of this letter details suggestions for colonizing any islands, "both those already discovered and those that may be discovered hereafter."

Columbus' Voyage:  (Y,M,O,T)
From Enchanted Learning. Students learn geography and history by mapping Columbus' voyage and building small replicas of his three ships.

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