|Travel and tourism throughout Latin America.||Discovery Day - November 19|
his famously successful voyage of 1492, Columbus returned to the "New
World" in 1493. During his travels he stopped on the island of
Guadeloupe, where he freed several Taíno
women who had been taken captive by the Carib tribe. Columbus decided
to transport the women back to their home, and they guided the
expedition to their island, Borinquen.
Upon reaching the island a group left the ships to explore. On November 19 they came ashore, probably in the Aguadilla area. They claimed the island for Spain and named it San Juan Bautista in honor of the King's son, Juan. They spent three days exploring, and sailed away on November 22. Europeans did not come to the island again until 1504.
Today in Puerto Rico, November 19 is celebrated as a national holiday, called Discovery Day.
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