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San Salvador, San Sal

[from Sp. 'Holy Savior', said to have been named by Columbus in 1492 as first place on which he set foot in the New World] n. the name of a major island of the Bahamas; formerly applied to Cat Island: 1975 Until the mid-twenties of this century San Salvador was known throughout the Bahamas as Watlings Island after a buccaneer .. The Bahamas Parochial Act of 1802 referred to Cat Island as "the island of San Salvador commonly called Cat Island" (Hunte 156-7). cf. WATLINGS ISLAND, CAT ISLAND

Tags: geography, island, noun, Spanish

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Last update: 2011-07-06 03:13
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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