|First landing of Columbus on the shores of the New World: at San Salvador, W.I., Oct. 12th 1492. High Resolution Image (8208 × 5261 pixel, file size: 4.74 MB, MIME type: image/jpeg)|
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CALL NUMBER: PGA - Currier & Ives--First landing of Columbus ... (D size) [P&P] REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-DIG-pga-00710 (digital file from original print) LC-USZC2-3385 (color film copy slide). LC-USZ62-10 (b&w film copy neg.)
MEDIUM: 1 print : lithograph. CREATED/PUBLISHED: New York : Published by Currier & Ives, c1892. NOTES: After a painting by D. Puebla. Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 2138
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Columbus Day: A sailor on board the Pinta sighted land early in the morning of October 12, 1492, and a new era of European exploration and expansion began. The next day, the 90 crew members of Christopher Columbus's three-ship fleet ventured onto the Bahamian island of Guanahaní, ending a voyage begun nearly ten weeks earlier in Palos, Spain.
As a reward for his valuable discovery, the Spanish crown granted Columbus the right to bear arms. His new Coat of Arms added the royal charges of Castile and Leon and an image of islands to his traditional family arms. Columbus further modified the design to include a continent beside the pictured islands.
The first recorded celebration of Columbus Day in the United States took place on October 12, 1792. Organized by The Society of St. Tammany, also known as the Columbian Order, it commemorated the 300th anniversary of Columbus's landing.
The 400th anniversary of the event, however, inspired the first official Columbus Day holiday in the United States. In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation urging Americans to mark the day. The public responded enthusiastically, organizing school programs, plays, and community festivities across the country. Columbus and the Discovery of America, Imre Kiralfy's "grand dramatic, operatic, and ballet spectacle," is among the more elaborate tributes created for this commemoration. The World's Columbian Exposition, by far the most ambitious event planned for the celebration, opened in Chicago the summer of 1893. Today in History: October 12
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