Spanish Era

1492 A.D. Columbus on his first voyage sails to the Caribbean after unsuccessfully trying to convince the queen of Spain to fund his expedition, he set out on his own with a group of men and sailed to the Caribbean looking for India after landing on Hispaniola and mistakenly thought it was India, probably because of the many “Indians” there; naming it “Las Indias.” Today, probably because of Columbus’ error, and many others after, the inhabitants of the Caribbean were called “Indians” subsequently. These people were not from India, but from South American and of Negroid African ancestry.



1493 A.D. Columbus on his second voyage sails to the Caribbean again and eventually

lands at 17 degrees north and 64 degrees west at an area now known

as Salt River. After landing on St. Croix on Nov.13, with a fleet of 17

ships, and then sailing north and subsequently finding Tortola (turtle), Virgin

Gorda (fat virgin), St. John (Sankt Jan) the saint, St. Thomas (Santa Ana) and

many other cays. He was inspired to name them after the 11,000 mythical

virgins that followed Saint Ursula to martyrdom in Rome. He named St.

Thomas “Santa Ana” after the mother of the virgin. St. Thomas’ harbour on

the south where hassle island used to be connected would look like the womb

of a woman if it was still connected today. He named the natural harbour

“serredurra,” meaning key hole, because of its obvious protective shape. Like

a key hole.


In 1497: Denmark established its first schools, this is literally thousands of years

After Africans in Africa had already established theirs. To think in

retrospect that Africans were called uncivilized and enslaved for so many

centuries. It has to be the biggest man made catastrophe in history.


In 1585: Sir Frances Drake, a privateer, sailed through a channel now named after him

between St. John and Tortola B.V.I. on his way to overthrow the Spaniards in

Haiti, where it became English, and then later became French.