Historic Letters: Christopher Columbus
Today is Columbus Day, the day we here in the Sates remember Christopher Columbus' discovery of America. Yesterday so happened to be the day Leif Ericson landed in North America 492 years before Columbus. Why Mr. Ericson's discovery doesn't count I so not know. Regardless, school children across the nation are elated to not be in school today. Upon returning to Spain Columbus wrote about his discoveries to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. The letters were translated in to Latin and distributed as a pamphlet. You can see an excerpt below.
If you are interested to read his letter in English you can find the entire text here.