October 13th is Columbus Day. This holiday is in homor of the explored Christopher Columbus, who first came to the New World on October 12, 1492. Since 1920, it has been an annual holiday in the United States. It was President Franklin Roosevelt who set aside this day as Columbus Day in 1937. Later, President Richard Nixon declared Columbus Day a national holiday to be celebrated on the second Monday in October.
Christopher Columbus landed in the West Indies, on an island that was called Guanahani and he later named it San Salvador, on October 12, 1942. He raises the royal banner, claiming the land for his Spanish patrons. The captains of the Niña and Pinta follow, carrying the banner of Ferdinand and Isabella. The crew displays a range of emotions, some searching for gold in the sand. Natives watch from behind a tree.