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Columbus Monuments

Columbus Monuments Review

Christopher Columbus has more than one monument on San Salvador Island commemorating his first landfall in the New World on October 12, 1492. The simple white cross erected in 1956 at Landfall Park in Long Bay is the easiest to find, on Queen's Highway just outside of Cockburn Town. (Also on the site is the Mexican Monument which housed the Olympic flame in 1968 on its journey from Greece to Mexico City. The flame has never been lit since, but this location is popular for weekend family picnics and local gatherings.) The older and more difficult to find is the Chicago Herald Monument erected in 1891 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the explorer's landing. No roads lead to this monument—a sphere hewn from native limestone—so you'll have to trek through East Beach on Crab Cay by foot, which is fun for the more adventurous.

Updated: 07-11-2013

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