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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.


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Answer the questions to help Columbus discover America.
Read about Christopher Columbus, the man and the myth, see his coat of arms, and read about "The Book of Privileges."
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.
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.
Watch a brief video about the highlights of Columbus' life. NOTE: This site includes a message board.
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.
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.
Read about the four voyages and see a map of Columbus' route. NOTE: This site includes banner and other types of ads.
This site has activities and craft ideas for celebrating Columbus Day. NOTE: This site includes banner and other types of ads.
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.
Read entries from Columbus' journals that have been rewritten in language that young children can understand. Scroll down for a map.
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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