The earliest arrival of humans in the islands now known as The Bahamas was in the first millennium AD.
The first inhabitants of the islands were the Lucayans, an Arawakan-speaking Taino people,
who arrived between about 500 and 800 AD from other islands of the Caribbean.
Their ancestors came from mainland South America, where Arawakan-language peoples were present in most territories,
and especially along the northeastern coast.
Recorded history began on 12 October 1492, when Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Guanahani,
which he renamed San Salvador Island on his first voyage to the New World.
The earliest permanent European settlement was in 1648 on Eleuthera.