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Read the text about Columbus Day.
 
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The identity of the first Europeans to visit the shores of America is uncertain. The Irish may have reached what is now Canada in the 9th or 10th century. But it was only with the voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492 that effective European exploration and colonization of the New World commenced. Little is known about the commander of the momentous 1492 expedition. Columbus was born in Genoa in 1451. He arrived in Portugal in 1476 after narrowly escaping death during a naval battle. The young seaman made a number of voyages under the Portuguese flag and visited England, the African Gold Coast, the Madeira Islands and the Azores.
 
On August 3rd, 1492, Columbus and his 90 member crew sailed from Spain aboard the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria. They carried with them a letter from Ferdinand and Isabella addressed to the Grand Khan of China. The expedition maintained its westward course, and on October 12th they landed the Bahamas, but they thought they had reached the East Indies. Columbus made three more voyages to the New World, but he believed he had discovered a new route to the Orient.
 
The landing of Columbus was not only a great feat but an event that was to change the history of the world. Celebrations of Columbus Day in the United States are countless. Most localities sponsor special programmes to mark the day, and every school holds exercises on the day. Parades, patriotic ceremonies and addresses are popular ways of honouring Columbus.
 
Fill in the phrases:
 
1. after narrowly   during a
 
2. maintained its   course
 
3. special programmes   the day
Источники:
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И.Кусунько, Е.С. Музланова. Английский язык. Все устные темы для подготовки к выпускному экзамену - Москва: Астрель, 479с.

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