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Christopher Columbus claimed Jamaica for Spain after landing there in 1494 and his probable landing point was Dry Harbour, now called Discovery Bay. 

There is some debate as to whether he landed in St. Ann's Bay or in Discovery Bay. St. Ann's Bay was the "Saint Gloria" of Columbus who first sighted Jamaica at this point. 

One mile west of St. Ann's Bay is the site of the first Spanish settlement on the island, Sevilla, which was abandoned around 1524 because it was deemed unhealthy. 

The capital was moved to Spanish Town, then called "Villa de la Vega", around 1534 and is located in present day St. Catherine.

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