London  : The ship that led Christopher Columbus’ mission to discover America has been found after 500 years, lying at the bottom of the sea off Haiti’s coast, an archaeological investigator has claimed. “All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus’ famous flagship, the Santa Maria,” Barry Clifford, the leader of a recent reconnaissance mission to the site off Haiti’s north coast, was quoted as saying by The Independent, reports PTI.

If the claim is proved to be true, the recovery of the shipwreck more than five centuries after Columbus’s flagship, the Santa Maria, was wrecked in the Caribbean is likely to be one of the world’s most important underwater archaeological discoveries. . “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 said. So far, Clifford’s team has carried out purely non-invasive survey work at the site – measuring and photographing it, the British daily said.

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