Since today is Columbus Day I thought I’d share some trivia and fun facts with you relating to the man and the day. When I was doing the research on this, some of the facts I discovered surprised even me.
Oh, and read all the way through to bottom where you’ll find info on a giveaway I’m sponsoring today.
- Christopher Columbus began sailing when he was 15 years old.
- No one knows where Columbus is buried because he was repeatedly moved and reburied in different locations around the world.
- Columbus Day was proclaimed to be a national holiday in 1937 during President Franklin Roosevelt’s term of office. However, 3 states, Alaska, Hawaii and South Dakota, still do not recognize Columbus Day.
- Folks have been commemorating Columbus Day since the early days of our country, but it wasn’t until 1906 that the first state named it an official holiday – that state was Colorado.
- San Francisco has had an annual Columbus Day parade every year since 1868, giving it the honor of having the oldest continuously run annual celebration in the country.
- Columbus made a total of four voyages to the New World, but never once set foot on what is now the U.S mainland.
- Contrary to popular belief, it was not Columbus’ intent to prove the earth was round. Most educated people of this time already believed that. He was actually looking for a western route to Asia.
- Amerigo Vespucci, for whom America is named, was the first person to realize the lands Columbus found were not part of Asia but of some entirely new land.
- Columbus lobbied multiple European countries, seeking to find financial backing for his voyage. Portugal, England and France refused him, believing his calculations were incorrect and hat the voyage would take considerably longer than Columbus was projections (they were right!). After nearly a decade, he finally found success with the monarchs of Spain.
- Most everyone knows that Columbus made his historic voyage utilizing three ships – the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. But did you know that only two of those ships returned to Spain. On Christmas Day in 1492, the Santa Maria ran aground on a coral reef and had to be abandoned. Because of this, there wasn’t room for all the crewmen to make the return voyage – 40 of them were left behind on the island of Hispaniola. When Columbus returned the following Fall, none of those men were found alive.
So, did any of these facts surprise you? And do you have any tidbits of your own to share?
And now for the giveaway. In honor of my upcoming November release, Her Holiday Family, I’m giving away an advanced copy to one person who leaves a comment here today.
HER HOLIDAY FAMILY
What happens when a straight-laced young widow’s home is invaded by ten rambunctious orphans and their handsome caretaker just in time for the holidays…
Reserved widow Eileen Pierce never considered herself the kind of woman who was cut out to be a mother. She wouldn’t know what to do with one child, much less ten. But when handyman Simon Tucker is stranded in town with a group of young orphans just before Thanksgiving, she discovers she can’t just turn them away.
Simon knows there’s more to Eileen than meets the eye. Though his easygoing demeanor immediately clashes with her buttoned-up propriety, Simon’s kindness soon melts Eileen’s stern facade. Simon and the children have already upended Eileen’s quiet, orderly life. Will they do the same to her guarded heart?