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Everyone knows that Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic with three ships in 1492 and landed at an island on its other side on October 12th, now celebrated as Columbus Day. But where he landed has been disputed for centuries. No fewer than ten islands in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands have been claimed as the place where Columbus first stepped ashore on the far side of the ocean.
We have decided to put one landfall theory to the test of actual navigation among the islands that Columbus is likely to have coasted and called at, as described in the log of his epochal voyage. Sailing Vessel Destiny is scheduled to depart Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, on 2 November and conclude her cruise on or about 17 November.