Columbus Day Poem-IN 1492


Columbus Day Poem – IN 1492


Columbus Day celebrates when Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas on October 12th, 1492. Although centuries have passed, his discovery of the New World is celebrated each year on the second Monday of October. This year it is coming up on October 13th.


Here is the most popular Columbus Day poem in the US. It’s used to help teach the history of Columbus.


IN 1492


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.


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