Columbus monument bahamas

Christopher Columbus “discovered” America on October 12th, 1492, when he arrived to the island of San Salvador in the Bahamas. He actually gave it name to the Bahamas, when he called them “Baja Mar”, which means shallow water in Spanish.


Nowadays the island holds a great cultural significance, as it has many monuments, ruins and shipwrecks, and it was the very first landfall where Columbus did in America “The New World”. A statue was erected in the island to honor him in 1830.

Another important monument is the white cross located in Landfall Park in Long Bay, raised in the point where Columbus himself came ashore and dropped his anchor, representing his journey to find the New World, and became the most photographed place in the island.