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The first Europeans to land on Tortuga were the Spaniards in 1492 during the first
voyage of Christopher Columbus into the New World. On December 6, 1492, three
Spanish ships entered the Windward Passage that separates Cuba and Haiti. At
sunrise, Columbus noticed an island whose contours emerged from the morning mist.
Because the shape reminded him of a turtle's shell, he chose the name of Tortuga.
Tortuga is also the name of the Florida chapter of the Realms of History.
Based primarily in South Florida, we hold our monthly events in parks from
Miami/Dade to West Palm Beach, as well as a monthly Wednesday Night event for
those unable to make it to a weekend event.
If you have any questions, please fee free to contact Prince Hawthorn or Princess