Discover Columbus Day in The Bahamas!
Posted by: Nassau Paradise Island on September 23, 2014
“In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue” – and guess where he landed? Did you know Christopher Columbus’ first landing on that fateful voyage was right here in The Bahamas? Our islands and their surrounding waters have a rich history of exciting people and events, from pirates to rum smugglers to shipwrecks, and Columbus’ arrival is certainly no exception!
As the Columbus Day holiday nears in the United States, we thought it would be fun to share five relatively unknown facts about that long-ago excursion and the adventurous ship captain for which the holiday is named.
– On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on the Bahamian island of Guanahani, renaming it San Salvador. Columbus then explored other islands in The Bahamas before departing for Cuba. While he initially claimed San Salvador for Spain, the lack of gold encouraged Spaniards to settle elsewhere in the Caribbean.
– When Columbus arrived in The Bahamas, Guanahani was inhabited by the Lucayans, whom Columbus described as peaceful, beautiful people who were generous of heart. Other records describe the Lucayans as handsome, graceful, and generous – not unlike the people who live in The Bahamas today!
– Columbus Day has many different names around the world. Here in The Bahamas, it’s known as Discovery Day. In Spain, it’s called Dia de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional. In many Latin American countries, people celebrate Dia de la Raza. The theme is always the same, a celebration of Columbus’ adventurous spirit!
– Christopher Columbus is an Anglicized version of the explorer’s given name: Cristoforo Colombo.
– To this day, no one knows where Columbus’ remains lie. They were kept in Spain after he died before being sent to Santo Domingo in 1537 and then to Havana in 1795. Supposedly they went back to Seville, Spain, in 1898. However, Santo Domingo also claims to have them.
In honor of Christopher Columbus, it’s time to do a little exploring of your own. This Columbus Day weekend, why not make your own plans to voyage to The Bahamas and discover what our beautiful islands have to offer? A long weekend is always the perfect opportunity to enjoy a getawayto Nassau Paradise Island!
With fantastic travel deals and plenty to see and do, you’ll see why Columbus Day is better in The Bahamas! Here are a few more reasons why fall is a great time to come to Nassau Paradise Island. See you soon!