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San Salvador Island

Guanahani

Watling's Island
Island and District
Map of San Salvador Island
Map of San Salvador Island
Coat of arms of San Salvador Island
Coat of arms
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Coordinates: 24°06′N 74°29′W / 24.100°N 74.483°W / 24.100; -74.483Coordinates: 24°06′N 74°29′W / 24.100°N 74.483°W / 24.100; -74.483
Country  Bahamas
Island San Salvador
District San Salvador
Area
 • Total 163 km2 (63 sq mi)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 930
 • Density 5.71/km2 (14.78/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern Time Zone)
Area code(s) 242

San Salvador Island (known as Watling's Island from the 1680s until 1925) is an island and district of the Bahamas. It is widely believed that during Christopher Columbus' first expedition to the New World, San Salvador Island was the first land he sighted and visited on 12 October 1492; he named it San Salvador after Christ the Saviour. Columbus' records indicate that the native Lucayan inhabitants of the territory, who called their island Guanahani, were "sweet and gentle".

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