This date commemorates the day Christopher Columbus set foot in
North America (Bahamas) on his way to find a quicker trade route to India
(while proving the idea that the earth is round and not flat). Columbus
Day is celebrated on the Second Monday in October
he never set foot on the Continental United States, his journey is
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Day (U.S. Embasy):
Information and history of Columbus and the Columbus Day holiday.
in History: Columbus
Day (Library of Congress):
Information, links and documents relating to Columbus and the holiday.
Domain - Columbus Day:
Information and links related to Columbus and the holiday.
An Ongoing Voyage (Library of
Congress): In-depth information
and documentation on Columbus and his voyages to the New World.
Columbus Navigation Web Page (Keith Pickering):
In depth articles, timeline
and information on Columbus and his journeys.
Columbus (Education Planet):
Information, links and lesson plans relating to Christopher Columbus.
(official): Official site of the Tourism and Development Company of
Trinidad and Tobago with information and history of the islands that
Columbus mistakenly called India.
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day is traditionally celebrated by North American's to celebrate the
"discovery" of America by Christopher Columbus. Gift
giving is not usually part of the celebratory ritual of this
holiday. However, for those of us who like to give, here are some
Make your significant other a romantic dinner with a holiday theme.
Fish should be the main course (sailing across the Atlantic) and give it
either an Italian (Columbus's birthplace) or Portuguese (he sailed for
Portugal) flavor. You might also want to surf the web and find one
or two recipies for Native American side dishes (they were already living
here when Columbus arrived).
Kids: Use this holiday as an opportunity to show children the wonders
of discovery. Take them to the zoo, museum or planetarium. Buy
them a telescope, a microscope or something that could look at the wonders
of the world without or within.
Is your anniversary or significant other's birthday around this
date? Well what would be better than to combine this holiday with
some fun? The way to do this is to take a cruise through the Caribbean
islands with a stop on Trinidad & Tobago, the first stop on Columbus's
first Journey. [Note: You might want to wait until late October or Early
November to ensure that the hurricane season is over in this region.]