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Published: May 13, 2014
Santa Maria discovered? [VIDEO] Columbus's famous flagship found
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Santa Maria discovered? [VIDEO] Columbus's famous flagship found, More than five centuries have passed since the Santa Maria was wrecked in the Caribbean.

Archaeologist Barry Clifford says he has discovered the remains of Columbus's famous flagship off Haiti's coast.
"All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus's famous flagship, he told the Independent in an article published Tuesday. "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."

Clifford's team found and photographed the wreck 10 years ago, but did not realize what it was until recently, the paper reported.

The evidence so far is substantial. It is the right location in terms of how Christopher Columbus, writing in his diary, described the wreck in relation to his fort.

The Santa Maria ran into a reef off the coast of Haiti with Columbus aboard, forcing him to build a small settlement for his crew -- the first European settlement in the Americas since the Vikings' 11th century village in Newfoundland.

He named it La Navidad -- Christmas -- and then returned to Spain on the Nina, leaving behind 39 crew members unable to fit on the ship.

The third ship, the Pinta, was separated from the other two at the time. Go here for the videos.

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