Columbus arrived in the Americas on October 12, 1492.
In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.
He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.
A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.
Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.
Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.
Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.
October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!
“Indians! Indians!” Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.
But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.
The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.
Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been told.
He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.
The first American? No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.
Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue – Youtube Video
To celeberate, October 12 is Christopher Columbus Day in the US; well, in South Dakota it’s “Native American Day”, and in Hawaii it’s “Discoverers’ Day”, and not a legal holiday in neither California nor Nevada.
Except now we celebrate Columbus Day on the second Monday of October so people can get a 3 day weekend.
Here are some links to help you learn about Columbus:
The Columbus Navigation Homepage
Examining the History, Navigation, and Landfall of Christopher Columbus
Columbus Day Lesson Plans and Activities
Columbus Day Printables