Where Did Columbus Land?
Columbus arrived in one of the Bahama Islands on October 12, 1492. He described the island in his log book, and gave it the name San Salvador. The Columbus log even tells us that it was called Guanahani by the Tainos tribes. But finding the exact island today is difficult... perhaps impossible.
With over 700 islands that make up the Bahamas, historians have used the Las Casas version of the Columbus log to come up with clues to find the island where Columbus first landed. The problem is that the description given by Columbus seems to match no island perfectly. There are many theories (or explanations not yet proven); but after 500 years, we are still trying to figure out the mystery.
What Does the Log Book Tell Us?
Columbus gave us some clues that help us locate the island. Some of the clues seem to contradict each other, or tell us two opposite things. Columbus describes it as “a small island” but also later said it was bien grande or “quite large”. He also called it “very green” which would apply to virtually all islands in the Bahamas.