Today in History: Columbus Reaches the New World

| October 12, 2018

Columbus_Taking_Possession_WikimediaDid you know that on October 12th, 1492, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus reached the New World? He was sponsored by Catholic Monarchs, Queen Isbabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, who wanted him to find Asia in search of gold and spices. Columbus  sighted an island in the Bahamas, possibly Watling, where he went ashore with his men from the Santa Maria, the Pinta, and the Nina, vessels that set sail on August 3, 1492 from Palos, Spain.

Columbus Day is typically celebrated on the second Monday in October. It is often considered a controversial holiday because of the affect of European colonization in the Americas and its impact on indigenous peoples. This year the holiday fell on October 8th and was observed by countries in the Americas, Spain, Italy, and various “Little Italy’s” throughout the world.

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.


  • Check out an interesting collection of resources, including research, curriculum, and children’s books, on Christopher Columbus via Educat, the catalog of the Gottesman Libraries.
  • Charting Columbus, related blog on Learning at the Library


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