It is widely believed that San Salvador Island is where Christopher Columbus first stepped ashore in the “New World” on his first expedition in 1492.
There have been scientific studies using notes in bottles, plus computer simulations of wind and water currents as well as scrutiny of the log’s copy and its measurements that lead to Samana Cay and Plana Cays, but without concrete evidence or actually being there when it happened, San Salvador remains the popular choice.
Columbus & Crew made landfall in Guanahani, the island’s original name, on October 12, 1492. However, Columbus renamed the island San Salvador in thanks to the “Holy Savior.” In the 17th century, the island was known as Watling Island until 1926 when it was renamed San Salvador because beliefs at the time concluded that the island was the actual landfall location.
In fact, Columbus gave the Bahamas their name, calling the islands “Baha Mar” which translates from Spanish to mean “shallow water”. This is probably the most significant impact that Columbus’ arrival had on the Bahamas, but monuments and memorials can be found throughout the archipelago telling the story of his voyage. Columbus San Salvador Bahamas is particularly full of these historical attractions, and you can find them dotted throughout the island.
Modern mores have ghosted Christopher Columbus but the first island he discovered back in the day remains a popular Bahamas playground.
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|TRAVEL TIME. It took the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria nine weeks to sail from Europe to San Salvador, one of the outer islands of the Bahamas archipelago. To get there via Florida takes an hour by air.|