Isle of 11,000 Virgins

According to legend, Ursula and her handmaidens made a pilgrimage by sea from Britain to Rome. The voyage took three years, and they were blown off course to many strange places. Finally, they arrived  at the Rhine river. When Ursula refused to marry a Hun chieftain, she and her companions were killed and martyred in Cologne, around 500 A.D. As this story was retold, the number of martyred virgins grew from 11 to 11,000, perhaps in part due to a mistranslation of the story. To this day, no one knows if she ever truly existed. 
In November of 1493, on his second voyage, Columbus found a large island, surrounded by an archipelago of smaller islands. He named the largest island (as it appeared to him) Saint Ursula, and the others he called the Onzemilvirgines (the 11,000 virgins.) These islands are still known today as the Virgin Islands. 


The Martyrdom of St Ursula

Onzemilvirgines, Isle of 11,000 Virgins, Gutierrez Map of 1562