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Columbus Day Fun Facts

Posted: 10-8-12 | Parker Flags

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. We’ve all heard this classic line growing up as children, if not just because it was the easiest way to recall what year Columbus actually discovered America. So what else do we know about Columbus and his famous journey across the Atlantic? Here are several things we also know about that fateful journey and its repercussions throughout history.

Columbus’ ships arrived in the “New World” when his ships landed in the Bahamas on October 12th, 1492.

Christopher Columbus introduced horses to the Americas, until Christopher Columbus’ landing in the New World, natives of the Americas had not seen a horse in a very long time.

Only two of Columbus’ infamous ships survived the round trip voyage, the Santa Maria ran aground and wrecked on Christmas Day of 1492.

Columbus Day was first observed in the state of Colorado and officially became a federal holiday in 1937.

Hawaii and South Dakota do not celebrate Columbus day. Hawaii celebrates what is known as Discoverers’ Day, commemorating the Polynesians who had discovered Hawaii while South Dakota celebrates Native Americans Day.

Columbus Day is celebrated in not only the United States, but also in the Bahamas, Uruguay, Spain, and multiple South American countries.

Columbus Day is a day of pride for many different cultures, from Italian-Americans, to Spaniards, to children who get the day off school; there are a lot of reasons to celebrate today. If you find yourself wanting to pick up a custom flag or celebrate a Columbus Day sale with a feather flag, make sure you check our Parker Flags offerings today!