In 2022, there were about 200 Jews living in the Bahamas, according to a Jewish Virtual Library survey. The Bahamas were first settled by the British in 1620, but at that time, relatively few Jews came to the islands. Luis De Torres, who was the official interpreter for Christopher Columbus, is thought to be have been the first Jew and European to set foot in the New World when the Santa Maria landed at San Salvador in 1492. He was fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, Chaldean, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Latin. After World War I, a few Jewish families from Poland, Russia, and Britain settled in Nassau. Later Jews came to Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.