Columbus Monument

Columbus monument bahamas

The Columbus Monument in the Bahamas is an iconic historical landmark that commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the New World on October 12th, 1492. Located in the city of Nassau, the monument serves as a tribute to the explorer’s significant role in the discovery of the Americas.

Christopher Columbus “discovered” when he arrived to the island of San Salvador in the Bahamas. He actually gave its 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. 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. The monument is situated at the entrance of Nassau Harbor, offering a striking view of the crystal-clear turquoise waters and the surrounding islands.

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.