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History Behind Columbus Day
Columbus Day, celebrated annually on the second Monday in October, remembers Christopher Columbus' arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492. Take O'Reilly's History Quiz and learn about the holiday's backstory below.
1. Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sailed west from Europe in 1492 under the flag of which king?
   Henry IV
   Ferdinand
   Wilhelm
   Ivan
   Jason
2. Columbus sailed out determined would find a better route to where?
   Africa
   Antarctica
   Australia
   Asia
   North Pole
3. When Columbus landed in the Bahamas, he thought he had made it to the Indies (Asia) because he miscalculated what?
   Circumference
   Latitude
   Wind speed
   Ocean depth
   Space-time continuum
4. What are the names of the three ships Columbus set sail with?
   Nina, Pinta, Santo Domingo
   Nina, Pinto, Santa Maria
   Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria
   Tina, Pino, Santo Fernando
   Isabella, Ferdinand, El Bullo
5. Who discovered the Pacific Ocean?
   Columbus
   Verrazano
   Balboa
   Magellan
   Cook
6. The federal holiday of Columbus Day was made by possible due to the lobbying efforts of what group?
   Columbian Order
   Knights of Columbus
   The Magi
   The Templars
   The Masons
7. When Columbus sighted Cuba, he thought he was seeing which country?
   Japan
   Singapore
   Malaysia
   India
   China
8. Columbus landed on the island of Hispaniola, which today is known as what?
   Haiti and the Dominican Republic
   Martinique
   Cuba
   Little Italy
   St. Lucia
9. Columbus set sail in search of which commodities?
   Gold and spices
   Ore and steel
   Cotton and indigo
   Rice and tobacco
   Timber and tar
10. The age that Columbus sailed in is now known by what moniker?
   Age of Enlightenment
   Age of Spanish Conquest
   Age of Portuguese Conquest
   Age of Discovery
   Age of Empire



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