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Anyway, since it seems like Columbus Day is such a little known holiday, I thought it would be interesting and fun to share some facts I found out about the man and the day. Here we go!
- The name 'Christopher Columbus' is only our English translation of his real name- Chrisoffa Corombo.
- Columbus began sailing when he was only 14 years old.
- The names for the Pinta, the Nina, and the Santa Maria are misleading. The Pinta was still called the Pinta, but the Nina is actually a nickname for the Santa Clara, and the Santa Maria was normally referred to as the Gallega.
- Columbus introduced horses to the Americas. Until he brought them, the Native Americans hadn't seen horses since the original ancient breed had migrated away.
- Only two of the ships made the full, round trip. The Santa Maria shipwrecked on Christmas Day 1492.
- Three U.S. states still don't acknowledge Columbus Day. These are Hawaii, Alaska, and South Dakota!
- Columbus landed on an island in the Bahamas, but never actually set foot on continental U.S. soil.
- It wasn't Columbus' brilliant plan to a quicker route to the West Indies. It was actually his brother, Bartholomew's! Talk about a sibling rivalry!
- Columbus was an opium addict.
- Columbus and his crew brought something unwelcome with them to Europe- Syphilis! There is genetic evidence to back this up.
Now that you know a little more about the man and the mission, I hope your Columbus Day is more about celebrating our past and less about the Post Office being closed! Have a great Columbus Day!