Columbus sailed the Ocean blue in 1492. This upcoming Monday, October 8th we will celebrate the 520th anniversary of maritime explorer Christopher Columbus’s voyage, sailing under the Spanish crown on a westward route bound for the East Indies. On his way he ended up landing himself and his crew in another land, the Americas. While the “Admiral of the Ocean” was not the first European to land in America, his voyage none the less played a critical role in jump starting European exploration and colonization of foreign lands and Americas.
Columbus Day is an internationally celebrated holiday which is recognized in many Latin and South American countries, as well as the Bahamas and Spain with some of the first unofficial celebrations coming as early as the late 1800’s. In the United States Columbus’s voyage has been celebrated since the colonial period, yet only became a Federal Holiday as recent as 1937.