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Columbus Landing

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Make a History Lesson a Day at the Beach Christiansted  United States Virgin Islands

Make a History Lesson a Day at the Beach

One of the great things about the Caribbean is that its rich history was often written at beautiful, easily accessible locations.

One of the best places to learn a bit of that history is pictured above. That’s the beach at Columbus Landing in my home island of St. Croix. It was here, in 1493, that Columbus sent ashore a small contingent of his men to scout for fresh water. What they found instead were a group of Indians who weren’t too keen on visitors.

What's the whole story of Columbus and his less than stellar (to say the least) track record throughout the region? That may take a bit more book learning, but feeling what these new visitors may have felt coming ashore in this corner of paradise starts on these sands.