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San Christobal

A mountain in Granada, seen by ships arriving from the African coast; so called because colossal images of St. Christopher were erected in places of danger, from the superstitious notion that whoever cast his eye on the gigantic saint would be free from peril for the whole day.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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