A Discovery In The Ocean Blue: Archeologists Believe That They Have Found The Wreck of the Santa Maria

250px-Christopher_Columbus_on_Santa_Maria_in_1492.There is some very exciting news off of the coast of Haiti where archeologists believe that they have located the sunken wreck of the Santa Maria, the flagship of Christopher Columbus. American expedition leader Barry Clifford announced that they believe that it is in fact the ship that has been missing for five centuries.

The Santa María is believed to be a medium sized nau (carrack) that was about 58 ft long on deck and about 100 tons. It was larger than the smaller caravel-type ships Santa Clara, known as La Niña (“The Girl”), and La Pinta (“The Painted”).

In 2003, the team made discoveries that led them to this site. The location matches the diary entry of Columbus and the local currents fit perfectly with the description of how the ship drifted before sinking. Not only is the ship wreck the right size but they have a probable early cannon of exactly the type known to have been on-board the Santa Maria.

The Santa Maria is Basque built and sailed from southern Spain’s Atlantic coast via the Canary Islands in search of a new western route to Asia. Some 37 days later, it reached the Bahamas but ten weeks later got into trouble when it drifted onto a reef off the northern coast. Columbus was on board at the time. Columbus later built a fort in a nearby village and left many of his men in the fort. He then took the two remaining ships back to Spain to report that he found a western route to Asia.

The investigation into the wreck is being supported by the American TV network, the History Channel, which has secured the exclusive rights to produce a major television show on the expedition. That is a significant improvement from the awful programs that the History Channel has been promoting lately in a blind race for rating.

In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

“Indians! Indians!” Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American? No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.

Source: Independent

60 thoughts on “A Discovery In The Ocean Blue: Archeologists Believe That They Have Found The Wreck of the Santa Maria”

  1. Paul Schulte

    Dredd – here is your big historical problem …
    Here is your big historical problem.

    The Columbus crimes were from the late 1400’s to the early 1500’s.

    The ones you said did not exist, but were shown to be true long before the 2006 discovery in the Spanish Archives piling system covering many centuries (no wonder they did not find them until recently … like the Santa Maria).

    But …

    Symbolic racism dynamics of our culture paralyze enablers so they cannot abolish the racist, pedophile, mass murdering, despot Columbus from our holidays.

    That is because there are too many of those types in our culture today (Symbolic Racism: A Look At The Science). You can see how their minds work by reading the comments criticizing bettykath and calling big little and little big.

    Little Big Man speak with forked tongue.

  2. Symbolic racism dynamics of our culture cannot abolish the racist, pedophile, mass murdering, despot Columbus from our holidays.

    That is because there are too many of those types in our culture today (Symbolic Racism: A Look At The Science – 4). You can see how their minds work by reading the comments criticizing bettykath.

    1. Dredd – the social sciences are neither social or a science.

  3. The documents I just commented on were found in 13th-14th century archives by Spanish Historians in 2006.

    1. Dredd – here is your big historical problem. 13th and 14th century documents are way before Columbus. Columbus is the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th century.

  4. The evidence has been found in a previously lost report drawn up at the time for the Spanish monarchs as they became worried by growing rumours of Columbus’ barbarity and avarice. The document was written by a member of an order of religious knights, the Order of Calatrava, who had been asked to investigate the allegations against Columbus by Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, who ruled Spain together at the time.

    The report, by Francisco de Bobadilla, lay undiscovered in a state archive in the Spanish city of Valladolid until last year. Bobadilla had already been named governor of the Indies, replacing Columbus, at the time of the report.

    The 48-page document gathers evidence from Columbus’ enemies and supporters of his seven-year reign. Ms Varela, one of the two Spanish historians to have studied the document, described life in the colony as “horrifying and hard”.

    Bobadilla collected the testimonies of 23 people who had seen or heard about the treatment meted out by Columbus and his brothers. “Even those who loved him had to admit the atrocities that had taken place,” Ms Varela said.

    Columbus and his brothers were forced to travel back to Spain. Columbus was in chains but, although he never recovered his titles, he was set free and allowed to sail back to the Caribbean.

    “Columbus and his brothers come across in the text as tyrants,” Ms Varela said. “Now one can understand why he was sacked and we can see that there were good reasons for doing so. (Guardian)

  5. Paul, the money spent on government workers’ salaries is a bargain compared to the huge money we bleed on military mid-adventures. And you should be ashamed to slam a dedicated American like Howard Zinn. He’s a hero for our country, especially in these times, where neo-fascism looms.

  6. Paul Schulte, your comment is just silly. And I’m very unhappy with this Administration. So where is all the revenue being pissed away on? Creepy Military and surveillance stuff, unbridled health care costs, and then what? When a person thinks that the “Gubmint” (I imagine Paul pronouncing it this way) is wasting money on vacations, they’re likely redneck ignoramuses who think these folks need to pay respect to potential voters.

  7. bettykath – I am not the one to be judgmental, but I think Chuck would say anyone who took this amount of drugs had mental problems.

  8. Nick, is Oliver Stone any less human or — more probably — less sociopathic — than our current elected leaders? I think not. Not sure if he does drugs or not and don’t care. What I do know is that our current elected leaders do not care very much what we constituents want — the endless wars are number one on that list, that which we hemorragh money on. All our hard-earned revenue is being pissed away on the military misadventures. Why?

    1. Shuler – not all of our money is being pissed away on military misadventures, Barack and Michelle have been pissing a lot away going on vacations.

  9. Nick, what’s your source for Stone’s mental health and drug use? This kind of name calling seems pretty serious.

  10. Oliver Stone’s alternative history was a farce. Showtime was embarrassed w/ it, showed it a couple times and then buried it. Have you read any reviews of that rant of a show. Oliver Stone is a paranoid coke head and has been for decades.

  11. After reading multiple posts, I am led to believe that Paul Schulte is humanity-challenged. He is succinct. But almost always wrong. And almost always inhumane. Only he can answer why.

  12. Paul Schulte: Howard Zinn was an incredibly knowledgeable historian who runs circles around your thinking. There’s a reason people know his name and not yours (in a good way).

  13. All high schools and colleges would benefit from the “other” eyes of people like the world-reknowned scholar Howard Zinn and, more recently, Oliver Stone’s alternative history. None of us benefits from continuing to do the sick things we’ve been doing for decades, or more.

    1. Howard Zinn and Oliver Stone are both historically challenged.

  14. bettykath – thank you, you are so smart and beautiful, exactly what the world needs more of. 🙂

  15. History has shown us that the taking of people and places on this planet is a brutal practice that has happened for a long time. But the beauty of the over-sized human brain is that we have the opportunity to do BETTER. We can, if we choose, treat all people regardless of faith, color and nationality, as fellow humans to be cherished. But our government’s priority is finding places on this planet to wage war and kill humans. When we do that, we destroy infrastructure and hurt all other animals and flora. And then we all pay for picking up the pieces that a few have benefitted from financially — and those few have benefitted untold amounts of $$$. We also promote the unbridled growth of human population. This idea is INSANE. The planet cannot sustain this. If we really want a good future, human population needs to decline — through desire, not force! — and economic models need to depend on items that reflect the true cost of their production.

  16. Before it was proved they could feel, doctors in the past used to perform all kinds of physical treatments on infants as they screamed and cried in pain. But that pain or discomfort was not scientifically quantified at that point and so these “treatments” were continued. We humans still don’t know so many things, yet we go out of our way to rationalize truly horrific things we do to humans, animals and our planet. Our god-given common sense tells us a lot, including what is right or wrong, what is hurting a person or not. It’s not rocket science.

  17. I repeat:

    “To emphasize the heroism of Columbus and his successors as navigators and discoverers, and to de-emphasize their genocide, is not a technical necessity but an ideological choice. It serves, unwittingly, to justify what was done.”

    Columbus was the leader and therefore responsible for all that was done.

    Today it seems that fraud, torture, indefinite detention, killing without a trial, etc. are all legal. Is it moral? No. And neither was the slavery or genocide practiced by Columbus, regardless of Spanish law.

    1. bettykath – again it is tricky but the slavery and genocide (which was unintentional) were both legal and moral. Today, in some areas of the world slavery is legal and moral.

      Columbus was sometimes the leader and sometimes not. He was sometimes in the New World and sometimes in the Old World, where he was sometimes in prison. Zinn’s paints with a broad brush over what is not always an easy issue.

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