Today is the second Monday in October and the day that we celebrate the discovery of the
New World by Christopher Columbus. But, was Columbus the first to really discover on his voyage in 1492? America
And yesterday, October 9th, was Leif Erikson Day. A now familiar idea is that the Vikings were the true European explorers that “discovered” this
New World. Leif Erikson Day is an official day of observance in seven states ( Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Illinois, Colorado, Washington and ). California
Personally, I think the first people probably came across the Bering Land Bridge that once connected
Alaska and Siberia – although that theory is now being challenged because some think it became flooded over much earlier than previously thought.
But no matter – today is a holiday from work for some and that’s always to be celebrated! So let’s raise a toast to all of the Explorers that dare to travel to exotic lands – may their discoveries always be fruitful and may Man always stretch to find new Frontiers …
This is my nautical fabric to make up a quilt to honor Explorers who traveled by sea. I'll work up something soon!