Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas, which occurred on October 12, 1492, as an official holiday. The event is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States, as Da de la Raza in many countries in Latin America, as Discovery Day in the Bahamas, as Da de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional in Spain, as Da del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural (Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity) in Argentina and as Da de las Amricas (Day of the Americas) in Uruguay. These holidays have been celebrated unofficially since the late 18th century, and officially in various areas since the early 20th century. Columbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937, though people have celebrated Columbus' voyage since the colonial period. In 1792, New York City and other U.S.
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