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Columbus Day (Grade 8)

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Columbus Day

Instructions: The first celebration of Columbus' legacy didn't take place until 1792, three centuries after his arrival in the New World. A group called the Columbian order organized a ceremony in New York. The next known commemoration did not take place until after the Civil War by Italian immigrants in New York. Individual states did not begin recognizing Columbus until 1905, when Colorado designated October 12 as Columbus Day. In 1937 President Roosevelt decreed October 12 a national holiday honoring the accomplishments of Columbus. In recent years some have called the celebration of Columbus' legacy into question, usually citing his questionable character and the colonization and genocide of the Native Americans that followed his arrival.

Answer the following questions about Christopher Columbus in observance of the holiday that bears his name.

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