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Week of October 8, 2001

Happy Columbus Day!

October 12 marks the 509th Anniversary of
Christopher Columbus landing in the New World in 1492!
To celebrate, enjoy the trivia dedicated to this Great Explorer.

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Quote of the Week

"Tierra! Tierra!" -- Words shouted from a seaman aboard the Pinta, on October 12, 1492, at 2:00 a.m. It means "Land! Land!" Did you know the Pinta was one of the three ships Christopher Columbus used during his first voyage to the New World? The other two ships were named the Niña and the Santa María. Read a book about Christopher.

Photo: Christopher Columbus.

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Picture of the Week

Christopher enjoys a dip in his IMA Hero™ mug as he inspects his ship, the Santa María. Did you know Christopher was the captain of the Santa María during his voyage in 1492? He was also the leader of the voyage which consisted of 3 ships and 90 men. Read a book about Christopher.

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Feature Book in Association with amazon.com

Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?

This book is featured in Christopher's Books. A book full of facts about the life of Christopher Columbus, including the time Christopher was thrown overboard and had to swim six miles to shore, the financing of his voyage across the Ocean Sea, and his four voyages to the New World. Be sure to check out the great maps showing 1) the world as Christopher Columbus imagined it and 2) the world as it is.

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Trivia Question

This Week's Trivia Question:

Question: How many voyages did Christopher Columbus make to the New World?

Last Week's Trivia Question:
Question: Who was the first American woman in space?
Sally Ride. On June 27, 1983, Astronaut Sally Ride was part of a five-person crew aboard Shuttle Challenger on STS-7, and she became the first American woman Astronaut in space. Ride spent a total of 14 days and 8 hours in space. Did you know Kathryn Sullivan was the first American woman to walk in space? Sullivan spent three-and-a-half hours outside the Shuttle Challenger on October 11, 1984.

Photo: Sally Ride (left) and Kathryn Sullivan (right)

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Did You Know…

Did you know Christopher Columbus landed in the New World on October 12, 1492?

Yes, and many regions recognize Christopher Columbus' accomplishments in different ways. The United States celebrates Columbus' first voyage to the Americas with a holiday on the second Monday in October. This holiday is called Columbus Day. It has also been called Discovery Day and Landing Day. Some cities, like New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, have parades. Did you know the city of Columbus, Ohio, is named after Christopher? Spain and South America celebrate Christopher's accomplishments on October 12. Spain calls it National Day. Some South American cities place flowers around statues of Christopher.

Photo: Christopher Columbus.

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Who's Your Hero?

"Christopher Columbus is my hero because he was an explorer. He had lots of adventures and discovered new things. When I grow up I want to be an explorer too. I enjoy going outside and playing in the trees, bushes, dirt, and sand. When I get a boat, I want to also explore the water, just like Christopher Columbus."
-- Jill from Connecticut

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Your Question

Q: Did Christopher Columbus really discover America? (Bobby C.)

A: Yes and No. When Christopher Columbus landed in the New World on October 12, 1492, other people had already been living there for thousands of years. Therefore, Christopher did not discover it in the perspective that he was the first person to reach the land. However, Christopher is credited with discovering the Americas from the European point of view. Before Christopher's discovery in 1492, the Europeans thought the world consisted only of Europe, Africa, and Asia. They did not know North and South America existed. This is why when Christopher discovered these lands, the Europeans called it the New World. Christopher's voyage opened the minds of Europe to other parts of the world and discovered the Americas for the Europeans. Read more about the times Christopher lived.

Photo: Christopher Columbus takes his pals, Sacagawea, Florence, and Galileo to the ocean for an afternoon cruise on the Santa María.

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