Although Christopher Columbus set out to discover a western ocean route to Asia in 1492, he instead stumbled across the Americas and sparked an era of exploration in the "New World". Columbus Day is now observed as a public holiday throughout the Americas and in many Spanish-speaking countries. In honor of the 400th anniversary of the historic voyage, Chicago hosted the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, and in 1937 President Roosevelt proclaimed October 12th as "Columbus Day". Of course, much controversy surrounds this holiday, especially related to Columbus' treatment of indigenous people. In fact, Columbus was eventually accused of mismanagement in the New World and ordered back to Spain.
We have plenty of resources to help you learn more about the Age of Exploration; use the library catalog to search for books about exploration in the Americas, first encounters between Native Americans and Europeans, and other related topics. And use our History research guide to find databases like America: History and Life.
DePaul University Libraries are open as usual on Columbus Day.
photo: Images of Christopher Columbus and His Voyages: Selection from the Collections of the Library of Congress