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Christopher Columbus Fun Facts

Columbus Day is next Monday and millions of credit unions, stores and even schools are closing down to celebrate the landing of Christopher Columbus in America on October 12, 1492. But who is this courageous man? All we really learned about him in school was that he “sailed the ocean blue in nineteen hundred forty two.” So here are some fun little facts about the guy who discovered our continent.

• Christopher became a sailor when he was only 15 years old.
• He was born in Italy, but it was the king and queen of Spain who gave him the money and ships to sail around the world.
• Christopher Columbus died thinking that he had reached the Indies, he had no idea he discovered a new continent.
• Before he sailed to America, he travelled the seas as a pirate attacking ships belonging to the Moors.
• His real name is actually Cristoforo Colombo.
• If he had reached the Indies, Christopher Columbus asked for a title, a coat of arms, and one tenth of all profits for Spain.
• He had a hard time finding sailors to go with him on his voyage because everyone thought that the world was flat, and that at some point they would fall of the earth and die. So a royal decree was ordered that prisoners could leave jail to go on this voyage and work, but only 4 men took advantage of this.
• Christopher Columbus never actually stepped foot on the mainland of North America, only the Caribbean islands.

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