Shipwreck found off Haiti coast not Christopher Columbus' lost flagship Santa Maria, UNESCO says

October 6, 2014 1:59 PM

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Shipwreck found off Haiti coast not Christopher Columbus' lost flagship Santa Maria, UNESCO says

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – A report from the U.N. cultural agency released Monday concludes that a shipwreck found off northern Haiti could not be the Santa Maria, the lost flagship from Christopher Columbus' first voyage to the Western Hemisphere, as a U.S. explorer had claimed.

UNESCO said a team of experts who explored the site at the request of the Haitian government determined the wreckage was from a more recent vessel because they found copper artefacts. The Santa Maria would have had parts made of iron or wood, the agency said in a press release announcing its finding...

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