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Columbus Landing Site

Salt River Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands
County of St. Croix.
East of Greig Hill on Salt River Bay
National Register Number: 66000743
Resource type: Site.
The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: VI-1 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: In Salt River Bay Park; See www.nps.gov/alag.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 9, 1960):
This is the earliest site under the United States flag which is associated with Christopher Columbus. While on their second voyage to the New World in 1493, his crew's skirmish here with Carib Indians was the first recorded conflict between Europeans and Native Americans.

The site is not in good condition. Locals continue to dumpt trash, dead dogs and abandoned or stolen cars across the site. Cars are driven over and parked on the remaining shell middens.

Conditions have worsened since the last reporting period (2004). The government of the Virgin Islands has not signed the shared jurisdiction agreement that would allow the National Park Service to assist in securing the site.

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