Every year on the second Monday of October, the U.S. celebrates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492. It became a federal holiday in 1937.
Our Columbus Day Quiz below provides an opportunity for you to test your knowledge on Christopher Columbus and his voyages to the New World.
#1. In which country was Christopher Columbus born?
#2. Why did Columbus want to go to the Asian islands near China and India?
Spices and Gold
#3. Which was NOT one of the ships in Columbus’ first voyage across the Atlantic?
#4. How long did it take Columbus to cross the Atlantic for the first time?
#5. Columbus first landed on an island that is a part of which modern day country?
#6. What was the name of the first settlement made by Columbus and his men?
Villa de la Navidad
#7. In what year did Columbus make his first voyage across the Atlantic?
#8. Which country sponsored Columbus’ voyage across the Atlantic?
#9. Columbus was eventually stripped of his title as governor of the Indies and much of the riches he made during his voyages.
#10. What did Columbus believe the distance to be between the Canary Islands and Japan?