11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Columbus Landing Site

Year Listed: 1988, 1989, 1990
Location: Christiansted, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
Threat: Development

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Photo: National Park Service

Significance

On November 14, 1493, on his second voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus sent a party of men ashore on St. Croix. This Salt River Bay site is the only known place where members of his expedition set foot on what is now U.S. territory, and was the site of the first armed clash between Europeans and American natives. Over 100 years of archeological investigations have demonstrated that this area was the focus of the most extensive and intensive prehistoric occupation in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

At the time of its listing as one of America's Most Endangered Historic Places, the Columbus Landing Site faced intrusive recreational and residential development.