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I post this just after midnight of Columbus Day: a U.S. national holiday since 1934 (read this year’s Presidential Proclamation here). In recent years, the holiday has become a quiet one; it is not easy to find much positive web chatter about Christopher Columbus himself – though notably, some do mark Columbus Day as a celebration of Italian heritage.

While recognizing and respecting the controversy over the man and the holiday, I thought I would set out for some scholarly web sources on Columbus and related history. After all, every holiday is an opportunity for learning; and below, you can learn a little about maritime navigation and the famous ships, listen to a historian’s interview, watch relevant videos, and read about the voyage in Columbus’ own words.

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/oct12.html
Learn about Columbus Day on the Library of Congress’ American Memory site.

http://www.history.com/topics/columbus-day
The History Channel’s pages on Columbus include videos and a series of articles.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=141164702
“Think You Know The Real Christopher Columbus?” from National Public Radio: an interview with historian William Fowler of Northeastern University, hosted by Tony Cox. Listen to the audio or read the transcript.

http://usm.maine.edu/maps/web-document/1/home
Here you can read The Columbus 1493 Letter about his voyage: “a key document in the social and intellectual histories of both Europe and the Americas” and a best seller, at the time, in Europe. From The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine.

http://www.vlib.us/amdocs/
Click “1400” in the yellow box to find several Columbus documents, including excerpts from his voyaging journal. From AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History, WWW Virtual Library.

http://www.ibiblio.org/expo/1492.exhibit/Intro.html
Learn some basic information at “1492: An Ongoing Voyage,” an online exhibit originating from the Library of Congress and now housed at Ibiblio.org (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill).

http://www.columbusnavigation.com/
“The Columbus Navigation Homepage: Examining the History, Navigation, and Landfall of Christopher Columbus.” From historian Keith A. Pickering.

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