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Unformatted text preview: Mundus Novus , the New World. Columbus, however, died in 1506 still insisting that he had found a new route to Asia. Columbus's arrival point in the New World is still contested. Where in the New World is San Salvador? But confusion over where Columbus landed in the New World has not been restricted to the explorer himself. For centuries scholars have hotly debated where Columbus first set foot in the Western Hemispherethe so-called landfall controversy. All have agreed that Columbus arrived on an island in the Bahamas that he named San Salvador (the native Arawak inhabitants called the island Guanahani). But dozens of different islands have been bandied about by numerous historians as the genuine San Salvador. The three most popular contestants have been Watling's Island (called San Salvador today), Cat Island, and Grand Turk (which today is no longer part of the Bahamas)....
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