516 years ago yesterday, an Italian guy in a Spanish boat and a questionable grasp on geographic geometry first landed on the Bahamas. No word on whether it was a Spanish flag or a little paper umbrella that he planted in the beach upon landing. But some records show that crew members with oceanview portholes were upcharged at a premium, and they later found out that other charges applied. (Gratuity extra.)
This was about 492 years after Eric's lucky boy Leif look his own little holiday cruise up to Martha's Vineyard, where he and some pals built a swell little resort where they could spend the winter munching frikadeller-and-havarti sandwiches.