Where did Christopher Columbus first land when he "discovered" the New World?  

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Historians have long debated where exactly Columbus first landed when he voyaged to the New World in 1492. It is clear from his records that he landed somewhere in the Bahamas, but the actual island which he dubbed San Salvador is still unknown. There are several candidates Samana Cay, Playa Cay, or San Salvador (which was named so in 1925 because it was believed to be the island)

Columbus’s description of the island in his journal fits all three of these islands very well, and the charts and other documents from his voyage give no other hints. We may never know the exact location, but are pretty sure it is one of these three island.


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