Bristol in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Columbus 500 Celebration
This monument was erected by the citizens of the 140th legislative district in tribute to Christopher Columbus and those who followed him to America.
We celebrate the 500th anniversary of the 1st voyage of Christopher Columbus, whose great talent, courage, and persistence helped link for the first time the nations of Europe with the Americas, encouraging further exploration and leading to the settlement of the New World, including the United States.
We commemorate especially on this occasion, people of Italian ancestry who followed Columbus to the New World. At first they were few in number - explorers, adventurers, missionaries, professionals, artists, & artisans. They made a significant contribution in forging a new nation unique in the annals of history.
We dedicate this splendid monument not only to Americans of Italian ancestry, but also to every American from all continents of the world, of every race, color & creed. Living & working together, their sacrifices, struggles & triumphs created one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The First Italians in America
Among these were the explorers Vespucci, Da Verrazano, John Cabot & Tonti, Mazzei, who inspired the ideals of Jefferson;
The Era of Mass Migration
The turn of the 20th century brought a huge wave of immigration to the United States. Between 1870 & 1920, over 4 million Italians arrived to escape economic hardship and to share in the freedom, hope & opportunity offered by America during its era of unparalleled industrial development.
Toil & Struggle
Skilled workers labored as stone cutters, tailors, shoemakers, & in other crafts. Others worked on the railroads, in the coal mines, quarries, and great factories. Their low paying jobs that exposed them to hazardous conditions prompted them to play a central role in the volatile history of America's labor movement.
The vast majority of Italian immigrants were Catholic. Their churches and mutual aid societies played a key role in their transition to a new society. Like other immigrant people, in spite of discrimination and exploitation, they became part of America's rich cultural, religious, & ethnic diversity.
Many Italian immigrants and their children who followed Columbus rose to greatness & made significant contributions
[Dedicated] October 12, 1992
Erected 1992 by Citizens of the 140th [Pennsylvania] Legislative District.
Location. 40° 5.647′ N, 74° 51.375′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Click for map. Monument is located in Basin Park, near the confluence of Otter Creek and the Delaware River, about 200 feet south of the intersection of Mill and Radcliffe Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Bristol PA 19007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Replica of the Spanish Garitas (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harriet Ross Tubman (about 400 feet away); The Ring (about 400 feet away); The Basin (about 500 feet away); The Tidal Lock (about 500 feet away); Canal Office (about 500 feet away); Marker 19T (approx. ¼ mile away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bristol.
Also see . . . History of Bristol Borough. (Submitted on June 1, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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