Columbus’s Santa Maria May Be Found

    Replicas of La Pinta, La Santa Maria and La Nina, the ships in which Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492, set sail from the southern Spanish port of Huelva October 13, 1991 in a historical reenactment of Columbus' trip.  Reuters/Enrique Shore - RTR1LNP3

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    Archaeologists say they believe they have found the remains of the Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus’s famous ship. More than five centuries after the ship was abandoned in the Caribbean, a team said they have tentatively identified its remains in the bottom of the sea off the north coast of Haiti. Barry Clifford, the leader of the team, said “all the geographical, underwater topography, and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus’s famous flagship, the Santa Maria.” Columbus sailed the Santa Maria from Spain’s Atlantic coast in 1492 with the intention of exploring Asia, but, as we well know today, didn’t quite make it there.

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