Admiral Christopher Columbus searching for a maritime way to India discovered land that Amerigo Vespucci identified as a continent unknown to Europeans. When reaching the island Guanani christened by Columbus he had his first encounter with the local people that he named Indians. He continued on to Cuba and La Hispaniola, and then returned to Spain. He would later complete four voyages.
At the northern coast of La Hispaniola near the citie of Cap Haitien his ship la Santa Maria grounded. Near this wrack a stone was found that could have been used as an anchor by the indigenes, for their canoes. The indigenes used to came with their canoas to Columbus ship for communication and exchange of goods.