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Columbus Day

How do you teach a holiday based on both myth and fact to young students, some of whom are pre-literate? In upper grades, teachers can challenge students with questions about Columbus Day and what it stands for, but what can you do in early elementary classrooms? FIND OUT MORE »

Learning Resources

Learn about global contact and its impact

Map, A Map Exhibiting all the New Discoveries..., Aaron Arrowsmith, 1795, UVA

Explore cartography and the exploration of the North American continent. [...] »

Ink and wash drawing, Professions of. . . , 1800s, Fray Jeronimo de Alcalo, LoC

Featuring a variety of secondary sources, this website chronicles the history [...] »

Engraving, Horse Racing of Sioux Indians..., 1804-1806, Original Lewis and Clark

Firsthand accounts of exploration range from Viking stories to early 19th- [...] »

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Teaching Resources

Guide students in analyzing European exploration

Poster, Knights of Columbus, William Balfour Ker, 1917, Library of Congress

Will the REAL Cristoforo Colombo please stand up. [...] »

Photo, Christopher Columbus Society, 10/12/26, Oct. 12, 1926, LoC

Is Columbus Day just another school day (or day off), or a teachable moment? [...] »

Coat of arms, Christopher Columbus, Library of Congress

First-grade teacher Jennifer Orr answers the question, how do you teach when [...] »

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See how much you know about Columbus Day!

Christopher Columbus—a legend without a face? Answer these questions [...] »

Print, The triumph of Christopher Columbus, n.d., Library of Congress

Who else left Europe following the call of wealth, fame, religion, or other [...] »

splash image explorations and innovations quiz

Crossing vast oceans required specialized tools and knowledge. Discover more [...] »

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