(CMR) Today, the third Monday of May, the Cayman Islands celebrates Discovery Day. This day commemorates the discovery of the Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman by Christopher Columbus in 1503.
Columbus spotted what is now known as the Cayman Islands during his final voyage in 1503. He sighted two of the islands, which are now called Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. He named the islands “Las Tortugas” because of the abundant population of turtles.
The name “Las Tortugas” was later replaced by “Lagartos” on a 1523 map, which means “alligators” or “large lizards” in Spanish. Over time, the name evolved to “Caymanas” and eventually became “Cayman Islands,” the name by which we are known by today.