Monday, April 20, 2015
Christopher Columbus and The Giant
A road trip was in order, as we had a vehicle, and a road, so hey, why not? Actually, there is a road, a single road, that draws a jagged line down the length of the island. It is called The Queens Highway, as the Bahamas were, until around 1996, a commonwealth of Britain of all things, when they finally wised up and told the stodgy Brits to stuff it. There is still plenty of evidence of this British influence around, mostly in the names of things actually, and now the Bahamas money interchanges one for one with the American dollar. Long Island was originally called Yuma by it's original settlers, a tribe of hearty Indians called the Lucayan Taino. There is no evidence that these peoples were from Yuma Arizona, it is just a coincidence in the name it seems. Anyway, sometime in the late 1400's, the King of Spain decided that it was time to explore West, in an attempt to find a faster sailing route to India. Going West would be easier, as it would be with the wind, instead of against it, something we are very familiar with here on Saltrun.