Wreck of Columbus' Santa Maria may be off Haitian shore: Archeologist

QMI Agency

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Archeologists believe they may have found Christopher Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria, off the north coast of Haiti.

"All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus' famous flagship, the Santa Maria," the leader of the expedition, Barry Clifford, told the U.K. Independent.

He said locating the ship was helped, in part, to the discovery of a fort Columbus likely set up not too far away. Clifford used that location, along with information from Columbus' diary, to find the ship.



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The Santa Maria was the largest of three ships used by Columbus in his first voyage. It ran aground on Dec. 25, 1492 near what is now Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Columbus ordered his men to strip the boat of its timber to build a fort nearby.

The anchor was found and is currently on display at the Musee du Pantheon National Haitien.

 

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