Archaeologists announced the discovery of the remains of the flagship of Columbus
American underwater archaeologist Barry Clifford claimed that his team had found the remains of the ship “Santa Maria”, which Christopher Columbus first reached America, according to CNN .
Clifford, who made his name in the search of pirate ships in Cape cod and the Islands of Madagascar, discovered the remains in the place where over 500 years ago “Santa Maria” ran aground. They are on the reef off the Northern coast of Haiti at a depth of five meters.
One of the proofs of his version of Clifford believes that the ship is equipped with cannon of the fifteenth century.
So the archaeologists were able to examine and accurately answer the question of whether or not this golumbovsky “Santa Maria”, is required to raise the remains of the ship to the surface. According to Clifford, the majority of the ship survived. He hopes to help the Haitian authorities in this operation. To continue the work in Haiti researcher is going in June this year.
Now a team of underwater archaeologists exploring the ship using sonar and underwater metal detectors. According to them, the bones correspond in size with carack – the large sailing ships of the XV – XVI centuries, which include “Santa Maria”.
The team discovered the wreck in 2003, but was unable to install it belonging to the expedition of Columbus because of an incorrect Dating of the age of the cannon on Board the ship. Archaeologists continued the search and rule out all the remains found in this area. Over the next two years, they have studied weaponry, which was used in the era of Columbus, returned to the right place with team of experts who measured and photographed the ship.
“Santa Maria” was the flagship of the small flotilla that set sail from Spain in 1492. The expedition aimed to find a Western route to China and India to establish trade in gold and spices. The enterprise was financed by king Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I.
In October of the same year, the ships reached the Caribbean sea. On the island of Haiti, the sailors built a fortification. In December “Santa Maria” ran aground, so back to Spain sailed only two remaining ships “Pinta” and “niña”.