Christopher Columbus Facts For Kids?

What are some cool facts about Christopher Columbus for kids?

I need 5 facts about Christopher Columbus that are pretty cool and unique.
Why is Christopher Columbus historically significant? What were his contributions, accomplishments, etc... to the history of the United States?

What are some facts about the expedition of Christopher Columbus in 1492?

asked by Green in Holidays | 6428 views | 10-11-2010 at 05:47 PM

The true identity of Columbus is still not known, although it is generally accepted that he was Italian due to the fact that he maintained his Italian ethnicity throughout his life.

Italian-Americans observe Columbus Day as a celebration of their heritage. Columbus Day was introduced as a U.S. national holiday by a lawyer, a son of Genovese immigrants coming around-the-horn. During the 1850s, Genovese immigrants settled and built ranches along the Sierra Foothills. As the gold ran out, these skilled "Cal-Italians", from the Alpenino hills, were able to prosper as self-sufficient farmers in the Mediterranean climate of Northern California. San Francisco has the oldest Columbus Day celebration, with Italians having commemorated it there since 1869.

Most Americans celebrate this holiday not necessarily for the discovery of our country/the Americas, it's more of a celebration of our ethnic heritage, mainly Italian, German and Irish Americans.

Columbus arrived on October 12, 1492 - but that was the Julian Calendar, not the Gregorian Calendar, so the date is off.

The novelty of Columbus’s idea was not that the earth was round—every major geographer and scholar since the ancient Greeks accepted a spherical earth, as did seamen and educated people of the time. Rather, it was that the earth was not as far around as everyone believed.

Columbus was not the first European to reach the Americas—Vikings from Scandinavia had briefly settled on the North American coast, in what is now Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, in the late 10th or early 11th century. However, Columbus’s explorations had a profound impact on the world.

answered by Panda | 10-11-2010 at 05:48 PM

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