Wreckage of Columbus' famous ship, Santa Maria possibly found
The Santa Maria sank in 1492 after it crashed into a coral reef in the Caribbean Sea. Now, archaeologist Barry Clifford says he has located the shipwreck at the bottom of the sea, off the north coast of Haiti, reported the Independent . In 2003, a separate team of archaeologists identified the probable location of Columbus' fort on the island of Hispaniola. Clifford combined these findings with information gleaned from the explorer's own diary to figure out where the Santa Maria likely sank.
"All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus' famous flagship, the Santa Maria," Clifford told the Independent.
"The Haitian government has been extremely helpful - and we now need to continue working with them to carry out a detailed archaeological excavation of the wreck."
So far, Clifford and his colleagues have only surveyed and photographed the site of the shipwreck, according to the Independent, but the researchers say the discovery could be one of the most important underwater archaeological finds.
"We've informed the Haitian government of our discovery - and we are looking forward to working with them and other Haitian colleagues to ensure that the site is fully protected and preserved," Clifford said. "I am confident that a full excavation of the wreck will yield the first ever detailed marine archaeological evidence of Columbus' discovery of America."
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A US underwater investigator has said he believes he has found the wreck of the Santa Maria, the flagship of Christopher Columbus's famed expedition. Barry Clifford said evidence "strongly suggests" a ruin off Haiti's north coast is the Santa Maria. Mr Clifford's team has measured and taken photos of the wreck.
Researchers believe that they have identified the wreck of Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria, more than 520 years after it ran aground off the northern coast of Haiti, according to a published report. "All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus' famous...
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