from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- An island of the central Bahamas in the West Indies. It is generally identified as the first landfall of Christopher Columbus (October 12, 1492).
- The capital and largest city of El Salvador, in the west-central part of the country. Founded in the 1500s, it became the national capital in 1841.
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- proper noun The capital of
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- noun the capital and largest city of El Salvador; has suffered from recurrent earthquakes
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And then he got lost, you guys, and ended up in the Bahamas, which he referred to as San Salvador, when he was supposed to be sailing to the East Indies.
The natives called it Guanahani; but should you look for it on your map you may not find it under either its native or its Spanish name, for there was no way, at that early date, of making an accurate map of the whole Bahama group, and the name San Salvador somehow became shifted in time to another island.
The name San Salvador was given to Cat Island during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but it does not fit the description given by Columbus in as much as it is not low and level and has no interior lagoon.
This island he called San Salvador, because he and his crew had been saved from a watery grave, and also because October 12 was so named in the Spanish calendar.
Of the first island that he reached, Columbus wrote, "to the first which I found I gave the name San Salvador ... the Indians call it Guanahaní" (
In fact, in some cases when the power goes out in San Salvador, which is quite frequently, they can't leave their house because their doors are opened and shut through electric eyes, so literally they're prisoners in their own houses.
I hung out at Fitness World in San Salvador, which is very much like a fitness studio in the United States with Garfield posters on the wall.
Watling, for this and other reasons dwelt on by English surveyors, is on the new maps rebaptized San Salvador, in rectification of euphony not less than of historic truth.
He went to the province of Cuzcatan, in which, or not far distant, there is the town of San Salvador, which is a most delightful place extending all along the coast of the South Sea from forty to fifty leagues: and the town of Cuzcatan, which was the capital of the province, gave him the kindest of welcomes, sending him more than twenty or thirty Indians loaded with fowls and other provisions.
The sixth, by name San Salvador, had likewise no more than two guns.