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SOME FACTS AND HISTORY ABOUT COLUMBUS DAY

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

Although he never set foot on the Continental United States, his journey is celebrated nonetheless.

ARTICLES & RESOURCES ON COLUMBUS DAY

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Holiday Facts and History

 

Columbus Day (U.S. Embasy): Information and history of Columbus and the Columbus Day holiday.

 

Today in History: Columbus Day (Library of Congress): Information, links and documents relating to Columbus and the holiday.

 

Kids Domain - Columbus Day: Information and links related to Columbus and the holiday.

 

Christopher Columbus

 

1492: An Ongoing Voyage (Library of Congress): In-depth information and documentation on Columbus and his voyages to the New World.

 

The Columbus Navigation Web Page (Keith Pickering): In depth articles, timeline and information on Columbus and his journeys.

 

Christopher Columbus (Education Planet): Information, links and lesson plans relating to Christopher Columbus.

 

Historical Places

 

TIDCO (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.

 

Ideas and Activities

 

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Columbus Day Funology (Holiday Funology)

Columbus 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 great ideas:

Romantic: 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).

For 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.

Travel: 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.]

 

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