Sunday, October 11, 2009

Etsy and a Little History Lesson - Columbus Day

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. My grandmother taught me that rhyme when I was a child. To this day I remember that Christopher Columbus landed in the West Indies in 1492.

The holiday is celebrated on the second Monday in October in the US. Coincidentally this is the same day that our Canadian neighbors celebrate Thanksgiving.

If you are planning to ship any packages on Monday, you will have to wait. The US Post Office is closed as are banks and the stock market.

Etsy is still open. So sit back and enjoy some Christopher Columbus inspired art.

Big Big World - Fine Art Print by Joanna's Photography

Christopher Columbus theorized that a westward route over the water from Europe to the Indies would be shorter and more direct than the commonly used overland route. But what he learned during his expedition was tha
t it's a Big Big World!

The World is Flat by IGotSquares

During Columbus' time, navigators knew the Earth was spherical. They used the stars and an astrolabe to navigate. It is a myth that people believed the Earth was flat. In fact, Columbus under-estimated the circumference of the Earth.

Silver 1806 Spanish 8 reales by worldwideoddities

Christopher Columbus obtained funding from King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain after previou
sly being turned away by the monarchs of Portugal.

Christopher Columbus miniature by UneekDollDesigns

After a little more than 2 months at sea, land was sighted. Columbus and his 3 ships, Pinta, Nina, and Santa Maria, landed not in the Orient as expected, but in the Bahamas.

Planet Aqua - Turquoise and Copper Dangles by Smutopia
Just because I like this one.

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