Columbus' crew on the first voyage was not composed of criminals as is widely believed.
Many were experienced seamen from the port town of Palos and the surrounding countryside and coastal area of Galicia.
It true, however, that the Spanish sovereigns offered amnesty to convicts who signed up for the voyage, but only four men took
up the offer: one who had killed a man in a fight, and three friends of his who had then helped him escape from jail.
Columbus Day coloring pages are a popular activity for early school children to learn about the history of this day.