Christopher Columbus Facts

Scetch of Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus

Introduction - Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus is one of the most famous explorers in history. Kids learn in their history books how this famous Italian explorer sailed to America in 1492 from Spain with the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria; discovering the "New World". He is so famous that the United States has created a national holiday, "Columbus Day" honoring him and his voyage to America. This holiday falls on the second Monday in October. Many other countries also have official holidays honoring his voyage to America.

Although Christopher Columbus is famous and honored his legacy is mixed leading many people to question why he is honored at all. The list of facts below provides information on what we really know about who this great man was and hopefully sheds light on where his proper place in history is.

Christopher Columbus General Facts

Christopher Columbus Facts - Discovers the New World