Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Good News Wednesday! Santa Maria (maybe) found?

Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria, may have been found off the coast of Haiti.  Fascinating.

"It's been missing for more than 500 years. But now there are reports that the Santa Maria, the largest ship among the trio that made Christopher Columbus' first expedition to North America, may be found. Undersea explorer Barry Clifford says he thinks he has found the ship in waters off of Haiti's coast.
... The Santa Maria sank after hitting reefs off the Haitian coast around Christmas of 1492, months after arriving from Spain. It is believed that Columbus ordered some of the ship's timbers stripped from the wreck in order to build a fort on land near the shore." [npr]

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