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Wonders of the Deep, The Williamson Submarine Expedition. The landing of Christopher Columbus on San Salvador, an island in the Bahamas originally known by natives as "Guanahani", renamed to Watling Island by buccaneer John Watling and subsequently renamed again to San Salvador Island in 1925.

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In the Bahamas (continued)

For a long time there was a dispute regarding the exact landing place of Columbus and his gallant crew, on the occasion of his remarkable discovery of the New World. Various spots were declared to have been the actual landing place of the intrepid navigator. Careful historical research and close examination of the different spots eventually showed that Watling Island, called by the natives “Guanahani”, but named by the explorer "San Salvador," was the place where Columbus first set foot, after his momentous and daring voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, on October 12th, 1492, and planted there the banner of His Most Catholic Majesty of Spain. On this spot has been erected a crude monument in commemoration of that memorable event. As one gazes at the lonely wooded beach, one can almost mentally picture the inquisitive and startled Indians emerging from behind the trees, and, with hesitating steps, gradually make their way down to the beach to welcome the white strangers as they waded ashore from their small boats, as soon as they intuitively felt sure that they were not hostile visitors.


San Salvador

Watling Island

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