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I have posted a number of memorials and monuments in the past on this blog. I search my archives and found these photos of Christopher Columbus’ Monument located on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

When I was in elementary school our teacher taught us the below poem to remember the history of Columbus.

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.


A few years ago, two replicas of Columbus’ ships, The Nina and The Pinta were on exhibit on our North Shore.  Above are photos I took of the event.  I guess you could say they are traveling monument’s of Columbus’ voyage.


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  1. What an interestingly-shaped monument, with the three ships at the bottom of it. I have to draw something similar for one of my future posts and this just give me ideas! 😀

  2. Whenever I see these old ships I wonder how on earth they made it!

  3. Columbus seems to pop up all over the place. I remember seeing a monument to him in Barcelona. 🙂

  4. The monument reminds me a little of the one I saw in Lisbon of Vasco de Gama.

  5. Great choice, Francine!

  6. I’ve never come across that poem before, Francine 🙂 Brilliant!

  7. I didn’t know — or remember — that Pittsburgh had such a large monument to Columbus and it’s a beautiful one, at that. Amazing how small his ships were for such a long and dangerous voyage.

  8. Nice take on the Monument theme! Glad you included the two replicas. Pretty cool.

    You’re welcome to come and see what my take on the theme is:

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  11. Good choices Francine! We learned the same poem in grade school 🙂
    Love the ships and agree with the earlier comment – how on earth did they ever make it across?!??!

  12. You have really been able to capture the power of Columbus. Very nice images.

  13. Especially liking the ship pics!

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