Spain's National Day History
Spain’s National Day celebrates Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on 12 October 1492. King Ferdinand of Spain sponsored the expedition west in the hopes of sailing to India. In August of 1492, Columbus set off into the Atlantic; two months later he would set foot on the Bahamas, establish settlements on Hispaniola Island and spread Christianity to the New World. Upon his return to Spain, he spoke of gold and riches and thus the Americas were opened up for European colonisation.
Spain’s National Day is celebrated on 12 October, as it is in many former Spanish colonies, marking the day that Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas.
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