Columbus Day Quiz

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Every year on the second Monday of October, the U.S. celebrates Columbus Day and 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?

#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?

#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?

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