Happy Columbus Day, dear brothers & sisters of the Craft!

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IN 1492

In fourteen hundred  ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left  from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by  night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass  also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on  board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to  sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked  for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their  dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

“Indians!   Indians!”  Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful  pride.

But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and  it was hot.

The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors  food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back  home, as he’d been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading  gold to bring to Spain.

The first American?  No, not quite.
But  Columbus was brave, and he was bright.