“Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492…” and I like so many other people (way back when) still have that committed to memory. Next Monday October 8th is our national holiday celebrating Columbus Day. This October I decided to do a little research and found the rest of the poem.
|In fourteen hundred ninety-two;
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
|He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.
|He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.
|A compass also helped him know;
How to find the way to go.
|Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.
|Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.
|Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.
|October 12 their dream came true;
You never saw a happier crew!
|“Indians! Indians!” Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.
|But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.
|The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.
|Columbus sailed on to find some gold;
To bring back home, as he’d been told.
|He made the trip again and again;
Trading gold to bring to Spain.
|The first American? No, not quite;
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.
Share the poem with your kids and then share the actual events listed below. Encourage the kids to participate in a short geography lesson and trace the actual route. Another opportunity for a research project is to try and figure out who wrote the poem. If your research is successful – PLEASE pass it on to READS. We want to know!!
|Aug 3, 1492||The Niña, Pinta and the Santa Maria sail from Palos, Spain.|
|Aug 12||The ships reach theCanary Islandsand stay there until Sept 6.|
|Sept 9||Sailing westward, the ships loose sight of land at nightfall.|
|Sept 30||Ships complete 3 weeks travel with no sight of land. This is the longest journey made with no sight of land.|
|Oct 7||A mistaken shout of “Land Ho” brings great disappointment.|
|Oct 10||Sailors are on the point of mutiny, but agree to sail on for 2 or 3 more days.|
|Oct 12||ColumbusdiscoversAmericawhen land is sighted. He goes ashore onSan Salvador(Watlings Island) in the Bahamas.|
|Dec 24||Columbus’ flagship, the Santa Maria is wrecked off Cap Haïtien.|
|Jan 16, 1493||The Niña and Pinta begin their homeward voyage. Columbus is aboard the Niña.|
|Feb 8||The 2 ships are hit by strong headwinds.|
|Feb 12||A storm threatens the Niña.|
|Feb 13-14||The 2 ships are separated by the storm|
|Feb 15||The Niña arrives at Santa Maria island in the Azores and waits 10 days before leaving without the Pinta.|
|March 3||The Niña arrives atLisbonand stays there 10 days.|
|March 15||The Niña returns to its home port, Palos. The Pinta arrives there a few hours later.|