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Grand Turk: The Original Columbus Landfall ?

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. Grand Turk: The Original Columbus Landfall ? Marker
Inscription. The exact location of Christopher Columbus' first landfall in the New World in 1492 has been debated for centuries. Columbus' original journal of his first voyage to the New World is lost, and we will likely never know for sure.

Recent theories and recreations of what is known of the first voyage may have landed in present-day San Salvador in the Bahamas, Samana Cay in the Bahamas, Cat Island in the Bahamas, or, possibly Grand Turk.

Proponents of the Grand Turk theory point to similarities between recorded descriptions of the first island and Grand Turk, including that numerous other islands can be seen in the distance and that there is a large natural harbor.

Computer models have re-charted his course, which in some cases indicate an arrival at Grand Turk is possible.

We likely will never know the location of Columbus's first landfall, but the subject is fascinating and important part of our history.
 
Location. 21° 30.721′ N, 71° 8.024′ W. Marker is in Cockburn Town, Grand Turk. Marker is on Lighthouse Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at northern terminus of Lighthouse Road at Lookout Point . Marker is in this post office area: Cockburn Town, Grand Turk 00109-9000, Turks and Caicos Islands.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
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By Mike Stroud, February 11, 2011
2. Grand Turk: The Original Columbus Landfall ? Marker
8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Horatio Nelson Lookout Point (a few steps from this marker); The Northeast Reef (a few steps from this marker); Trouvadore Shipwreck (within shouting distance of this marker); Grand Turk Historic Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Grand Turk Historic Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Naval Facility (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Lighthouse Keeper's Residence & Bermuda Kitchen (about 90 meters away); Miramar (approx. 4.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cockburn Town.
 
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Grand Turk: The Original Columbus Landfall ? Marker
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Grand Turk: The Original Columbus Landfall ? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 11, 2011
4. Grand Turk: The Original Columbus Landfall ? Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 27, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 791 times since then and 32 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week August 2, 2015. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 27, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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