Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Test Your Columbus Day Knowledge ; the First Observance of Columbus Day Was in 1792, 300 Years after Voyage

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Test Your Columbus Day Knowledge ; the First Observance of Columbus Day Was in 1792, 300 Years after Voyage

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Columbus Day, which commemorates Christopher Columbus arrival in the New World on Oct. 12, 1492, is one of 10 federal holidays, observed on the second Monday of October (Oct. 10 this year). The first observance of Columbus Day is said to have occurred in 1792; it became a legal holiday 100 years later, in 1892.

The quiz below, from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ohio, provides an opportunity for you to test your knowledge of Columbus and other explorers who ventured into the unknown and changed the course of history.

1. When Christopher Columbus died in 1506, he still believed that his 1492 voyage had led him from the Old World to what other part of the world?

A. Africa

B. America

C. Asia

D. Australia

2. What country sponsored Christopher Columbus original voyage?

A. Italy

B. Spain

C. England

D. Portugal

3. Columbus left a contingent of men to build a settlement in what current-day country?

A. Haiti

B. Bahamas

C. Cuba

D. Jamaica

4. How many times did Columbus return to the Americas after his initial voyage?

A. One

B. …

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