Holiday: Columbus Day
Learn about explorer Christopher Columbus and his four voyages to the New World. Find out what group of people discovered this land before him. Includes biographies, timelines, maps, and information about the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. There are also craft and activity ideas for celebrating this holiday.
Christopher Columbus Interactive
Answer the questions to help Columbus discover America.
iBiblio: Christopher Columbus
Read about Christopher Columbus, the man and the myth, see his coat of arms, and read about "The Book of Privileges."
History.com: Christopher Columbus
This site includes an article and links to several videos about the explorer Christopher Columbus. NOTE: This site includes banner and other types of ads as well as sponsored links.
IMA Hero: Christopher Columbus
Read a biography written for young children. Includes information about the four voyages, the myths of the Atlantic Ocean, and the three ships. The links at the bottom include a list of children's books about Columbus and pictures of him and replicas of the Santa Maria.
YouTube: Christopher Columbus
Watch a brief video about the highlights of Columbus' life. NOTE: This site includes a message board.
The Santa Maria Columbus, Ohio
This site includes information about the Santa Maria, plus photographs of a replica. The photographs link is on the left under the "Virtual Voyage" heading.
Library of Congress: 1492: An Ongoing Voyage
This online exhibit includes information on America before Columbus, the significance of his discoveries, and more.
This site by the International Columbian Quincentenary Alliance dispels common myths about Columbus and his voyages.
Enchanted Learning: Christopher Columbus
Read about the four voyages and see a map of Columbus' route. NOTE: This site includes banner and other types of ads.
Enchanted Learning: Columbus Day
This site has activities and craft ideas for celebrating Columbus Day. NOTE: This site includes banner and other types of ads.
Enchanted Learning: Caravel
Learn more about caravel ships, the type of ship that the Nina and the Pinta were. NOTE: This site includes banner and other types of ads.
ThinkQuest: Christopher Columbus
Read entries from Columbus' journals that have been rewritten in language that young children can understand. Scroll down for a map.
Transform Columbus Day
This site contains lots of supplemental material for teaching a more comprehensive view of Christopher Columbus, including Indigenous Peoples' perspectives. The reading level is too advanced for younger students, but there is valuable information for educators.
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