8 January 2024

Columbus landing

One of the questions that trip up most folks is “Where all did Columbus land in the continental US?” The answer is actually “nowhere”. What was named the “Americas” during the four trips he made then is today mostly the island countries of the Antilles, the Lower Antilles, the West Indies and parts of Central America.

Why we celebrate “Columbus Day” in the USA is a bit puzzling.

Technically, after US bought the three islands now called US Virgin Islands from the Danish for $25 million in gold during the First World War, US did acquire a spot that Columbus had landed in. This was during his second voyage, after leaving the island of Nevis, he landed at this spot in St. Croix on Nov 14, 1493.

Posted January 8, 2024 by Rajib Roy in category "Vacations

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