On October 12, 1492, Spanish-financed, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (not his real name, just how we pronounce it in this country) set foot in the Bahamas. Long before it became a national holiday in 1937, Columbus Day was celebrated October 12, 1792 in New York City. In 1971, Congress moved the Columbus Day observation to the second Monday in October. (So Jane can write about it again on Monday, should she so desire. :)) Much of what we think we know about Columbus did not come from personal diaries, but rather public letters to wealthy monarchs from whom he was hoping to raise funds. So he may have embellished things a tad in his own favor. (Wouldn’t you?) There is controversy over where his bones are buried. The director of the Columbus Lighthouse in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, insists the bones buried there are those of the famed explorer. But a DNA test on bones found in a cathedral in Seville, Spain, the city in which Columbus was first interred and from which later moved, match those of his brother. Because of his fathering an illegitimate child, Columbus was denied sainthood by Pope Leo XIII.
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