Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Biggest Discovery Since 1492
DR1 and NY Times: The remains of the ship on which Christopher Columbus first came to the Americas, the Santa Maria, could have been found off the coast of Haiti after 500 years. If confirmed, this will be one of the world's most important underwater archaeological discoveries. The suspect ship is stuck on a reef only 10 to 15 feet beneath the water's surface.
Columbus would go on to build the first settlement in the New World in La Isabela, on the northwestern coast of the Dominican Republic.
A recent Barry Clifford expedition has experts 'confident' that the wreck found off the north coast of Haiti is the ship. The whereabouts of the 58-foot Santa Maria had never been known - until now.
The wreck was found off the northeastern coast of Haiti during an expedition led by Barry Clifford. Clifford is best known for discovering the remains of the complete 18th century pirate ship Whydah in 1984.
The Santa Maria was used as the flagship for the 1492 discovery expedition, along with the smaller ships remembered as La Nina and La Pinta.
"All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus' famous flagship, the Santa Maria," said Clifford.