Quiz: Columbus Day Quizzes September 3rd 2019September 3rd 2019admin 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? Rome, Italy Madrid, Spain Genoa, Italy Paris, France What was his occupation? Explorer Navigator Colonist All of the above Where did Columbus intend to go on his famous voyage? China East Indies Africa South America What was he hoping to find in the New World? Oil Tobacco Spices Cheap duty free After he was turned down by three countries, who finally sponsored Columbus’ trip? The Czar of Russia The Pope The King and Queen of Spain The King of England Which of these was NOT one of Columbus’ ships? Pinta Mayflower Nina Santa Maria Where did Columbus make landfall? The Bahamas Cuba Haiti Honduras In all, how many voyages did Columbus make to the New World? One Two Three Four When did Columbus Day become a federal holiday? 1492 1792 1934 1998 What state’s capital is named in the explorer’s honor? Alaska Ohio Indiana New Hampshire Time is Up!