Further informationColumbus Day is a Federal Holiday in the United States, but it isn’t observed by everyone. – Although Columbus’s arrival in the Americas became a historically significant event, it had consequences too, particularly for the Native American people who were already living in the Americas at the time. The arrival of Columbus and his European shipmates exposed the Native Americans to diseases that they’d never encountered before and weren’t able to fight-off. They were also kicked off of their land and sometimes taken capture by the explorers.As we honor Columbus for his bravery as an explorer, it’s important to also remember that we can learn from the lessons of history.
Columbus & Co.What do you think it would be like to be an explorer like Christopher Columbus, and sail a ship to an unknown place!? Are there things you would expect to find or not find in a place that no one knew about?
What do you think are some things that might be difficult about arriving in a new place? For example, not being able to speak the local language might be one obstacle, and finding familiar food to eat might be another!
What do you think are some thing that might be exciting and cool about arriving in a new place? Learning about a new culture and new traditions, as well as exploring and discovering something for the first time would all be pretty cool!!
Sources & links
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