To All The Explorers Who Came To Our Country And Put It On The Map Day
He made a few stops on his way back to Spain to report this land-ho discovery and the pronouncement that with 39 of his men, he'd established Spain's first colony in the Americas.
Thus, the day of celebration known as Columbus Day, declared an official national holiday by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937. However, not all states recognize this day as a holiday, at least not its name. The day named for Christopher Columbus has in recent years garnered an alternative name known as Indigenous Peoples' Day.
Making that into a poem, like the one taught in elementary school to remember CC, could be quite the rhyming challenge.
"In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.
He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.
A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go."
There are many more verses to this poem, and several versions set to well-known melodies such as "The Farmer In The Dell". But this poem and its length isn't the theme of my post. And it's not solely about Columbus. It's about other explorers who stepped upon our shores and laid claim to new findings. All men if my research is accurate. Sorry ladies, I didn't find any data about female explorers. Not non-fictional ones anyway. Dora the Explorer and the kids in the Magic Tree House series popped up though.
Here's a mini list of explorers, where they hailed from and what they discovered:
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, Spain - Mexico, southwestern states and the plains of Kansas
Leif Eriksson, Norway - the Viking who is regarded as the first European to visit the New World.
Sir Francis Drake, England - aboard his ship, the Golden Hind, the first to pass from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast of South America
Amerigo Vespucci, Italy - alleged that the "New World" was not Asia but an unknown new continent.
John Cabot, Italy - crossed the North Atlantic and reached the coast of America, north of Nova Scotia.
Henry Hudson, England - Thanks to Mr. Hudson, we know knew where the river named after him-flowing north to south, primarily through eastern New York.
An aerial view of the Hudson River. The United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, my father's alma mater, is in the center, on the western bank.
National Explorers' Day
Who should be added to the list?