2015-09-13 October 12 – Columbus Day.
On October, 1492 , Columbus discovered the first island in America, the island of San Salvador in West Indies. The first celebration of the discovery was held in New York City in 1792.
Many people say that Christopher Columbus was not the first European to discover America. The Irish and Norwegians claim their explorers came to America first. But no one paid much attention to their discoveries.
Columbus’s discovery caused Europeans to realize that a new land – America – existed.
Columbus didn’t know that he discovered America. He thought he’d landed near China or Japan.
When in 1957 an ancient map, called the Vinland Map , was found, it changed the story of the discovery of America. The United states congress has declared Leif Eiriksson tobe the discoverer of the New world, and since 1966, annually Americans celebrate Leif Eiriksson’s Day on October 9. However, it doesn’t abolish Columbus Day, the holiday of long standing , on October 12. But now it is devoted to the rediscovery and exploration of America.