Columbus Day

This U.S. federal holiday commemorates the date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas. It is observed on the Second Monday in October.

Columbus' voyages across the Atlantic Ocean initiated the European exploration and colonization of the Americas.

How much do know about Columbus? Test your knowledge with our short quiz. TIP - If you get stuck, read our article about Columbus Day.

Where was Columbus born?

What was his occupation?

Where did Columbus intend to go on his famous voyage?

What was he hoping to find in the New World?

After he was turned down by three countries, who finally sponsored Columbus’ trip?

Which of these was NOT one of Columbus’ ships?

Where did Columbus make landfall?

In all, how many voyages did Columbus make to the New World?

When did Columbus Day become a federal holiday?

What state’s capital is named in the explorer’s honor?

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