By admin ~ October 1st, 2013. Filed under: Bahamas Update.
The Bahamascelebrates Discovery Day on October 12th commemorating the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. This holiday is of special significance since Columbus’ first landfall after crossing the Atlantic was on Guanahani Island, the native Taíno name for the island Columbus called San Salvador. Upon his return to Spain in the spring of 1493, Columbus wrote a letter to Luis de Santángel, one of his patrons at the Spanish court. The letter was printed widely and translated into many languages, spreading news of the discovery throughout Europe. In the letter, Columbus mentions Guanahani as the name of the first island he discovered, but it provides no further details. Nonetheless, this single mention made the name Guanahani widely known throughout Europe by the 16th century.