Honors Christopher Columbus, traditional discoverer of the Americas.
Columbus Day is celebrating the anniversary of the October 12, 1492 arrival of Europeans to the Americas.
Columbus Day was introduced as a U.S. national holiday by a lawyer, a son of Genoese immigrants.
San Francisco has the oldest Columbus Day celebration, with Italians having commemorated it there since 1869.
Since 1971, the holiday has been commemorated in the U.S. on the second Monday in October, the same day as Thanksgiving in neighboring Canada. However, it is generally only observed today by banks, the Post Office, and most governments and schools but not businesses or stock exchanges.
Similar holidays, celebrated as Día de la Raza (Day of the Race) in many countries in Latin America, Día de las Culturas (Day of the Cultures) in Costa Rica, Discovery Day in the Bahamas, Día de la Hispanidad in Spain, and the newly-renamed (as of 2002) Día de la Resistencia Indígena (Day of Indigenous Resistance) in Venezuela, commemorate the same event..... wikipedia
Hard Tack or (better know as Sea Biscuits by sea goers), was used during long sea voyages and eaten along side of stews & soups like Bone Soup. Sea Biscuits were usually dunked in water, brine, coffee, broth (or some other liquid) ; floated on top of soup so it could soak up the liquid of the soup, or placed on top of food cooking in a skillet meal. Visit our Hard Tack Sea Biscuit page to learn more about foods on sailing ships.