Today is Columbus Day, which marks what is arguably the first landing of a European in the “New World.” On October 12, 1492, an ambitious seaman sailed into the West Indies, and the rest, as they say, is history.
The West Indies is a region of more than 7,000 islands, islets, reefs, and cays in the Caribbean Sea. When Columbus landed there, he mistakenly believed that he had reached the Indies, his intended destination. (The Indies was a term once used to refer to South and Southeast Asia. The name is derived from the Indus River. India’s naming follows a similar path.)
Columbus was born into a family of wool weavers in 1451 in Genoa, which is now a part of modern Italy. He was named Christoffa Corombo. (The Italian version of the name is Cristoforo Colombo.) The name that the explorer is called in the English language history books, Christopher Columbus, is the Anglicization of the Latin Christophous Columbus.
When he settled in Spain, he called himself Cristóbal Colón.
The Washington Post April 16, 1987 | Dianne Saenz Environmental educators who teach elementary school students are eligible for a Fairfax Audubon scholarship. Winners will attend a one-week session of the National Audubon Society’s summer ecology workshop near Greenwich, Conn.
The ecology workshop offers a variety of field experiences designed to enrich teaching on environmental matters. The Audubon Center is a 485-acre wildlife sanctuary with a variety of habitats.
There will be five workshop sessions beginning the week of July 12 and continuing through Aug. 15.
Applicants should submit a brief summary of their teaching experience and a statement of how participation in the Summer Ecology Workshop will enhance their teaching. The deadline for application is April 30. For further information, call Sue Hu at 241-8859. Final auditions for “Vienna in Review” will be held 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 23 at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. see here marshall high school
“Vienna in Review” will be a showcase for singers, dancers, musicians and other talented local residents, presented by the Greater Vienna Chamber of Commerce as part of its fourth annual town festival, “ViVa! Vienna! ’87.” For more information, call the Chamber office at 281-1333. The Arlington Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources is offering a four-day “Country Getaway” for area senior adults ages 55 and older to the Claggett Retreat Center in Buckeystown, Md. The June 9 through 12 holiday will feature supervised recreational activities such as tennis, swimming, bridge, exercise programs, crafts and parties.
Reservations are being taken at the Department’s Office of Senior Adult Programs at 300 N. Park Dr. The cost is $120 per person, which covers transportation, lodging and meals. For additional information, call 588-2672. Virginia Tech’s New Virginians will perform “The Greatest College Road Show in America,” a family-oriented variety show, on May 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. at Marshall High School. go to website marshall high school
To reserve tickets, call the school at 893-7400 or write to: TICKETS, Marshall High School, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Va. 22043. Proceeds will benefit choral and athletic departments at Marshall High School. For further information, call Eleanor McCann at 560-5674. “Loudoun County Circa 1787″ and “The Role of Loudoun and Virginia in the Ratification of the Constitution” will be the topics of a discussion led by Loudoun historians Eugene Scheel and Charles Poland Jr. tonight at 7:30 at the old Loudoun Courthouse, at the intersection of Market and King streets in Leesburg. The discussion is part of the Springtime Historic Loudoun Series in celebration of the Bicentennial of the Constitution.
For further information, call the museum at (703) 777-7427 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. @Slug: V12BUL Dianne Saenz
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