When I was in elementary school, I remember learning this poem in celebration of Columbus Day. I was thrilled when I was able to find it again. Don't you just love Google?!!? Enjoy!!
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.
I hope you have a happy and safe Columbus Day!!
Many blessings ~ Wendy