Statistically Speaking

Today, the nation celebrates Columbus Day in commemoration of Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492. Originally from Italy, Columbus departed from Spain with the support of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Instead of his intended destination of the East Indies, Columbus landed in the Bahamas and thus discovered the New World. Here are some statistics on Columbus’ momentous voyage and its nationwide celebration:

Year in which Columbus’ 1492 voyage was first commemorated: 1866

Year in which Columbus Day was made a federal holiday: 1971

Total number of trips Columbus made to the New World: 4

Number of ships in Columbus’ fleet for his 1492 voyage: 3

Number of crewmen in Columbus’ entire 1492 fleet: 90

Columbus’ age at the time of his 1492 voyage: 22

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