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Columbus Day: Stories of Exploration

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Oct 3 2011
Photo, Chinese compass, Oct. 19, 2007, Leo Reynolds, Flickr

Columbus Day memorializes the story of Christopher Columbus's 1492 landing in the present-day Bahamas. Some, however, claim that explorers from other continents reached the Americas years earlier.

Arrange these groups from earliest to latest, placing at the top the group claimed to have reached the Americas first and at the bottom, the group that claims the latest date.

    • Vikings
    • Chinese
    • Spanish (Christopher Columbus and his ships)
    • Malians