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Wreckage of Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria Found off Haitian Coast (Maybe)

Santa Maria

On Christmas Day of 1492 Christopher Columbus’ flagship, the Santa Maria, ran aground off the northern coast of Haiti. In his journal Columbus recorded the location of the ship’s wreck, and over many, many years researchers have worked to figure out how the famed explorer’s descriptions and maps align with the coastline, and to pin…

Author Richard White: Medieval explorers may have visited New England

The evidence is fading from years of the elements pounding upon it, but even stone can’t hold the image of a medieval knight forever — an image that suggests there might have been Europeans exploring America 96 years before Christopher Columbus. In 1954, the late Frank Glynn uncovered the figure, whose arms have been identified…

Icelandic DNA study Shows Evidence of First Americans in Europe in 1000

When Christopher Columbus returned from his first voyage to the Americas, he shanghaied ten to twenty-five of the native peoples he encountered on the Caribbean islands he explored. Of these, only 6 were to be presented to the court of Spain’s Catholic monarchs when he returned to the Iberian Peninsula in March 1493. These 6…

Columbus Didn’t Sail Syphilis Back to Europe

Dozens of skeletons unearthed in London may provide the first solid evidence that syphilis did not sail into Europe with Christopher Columbus and his crew, announced researchers working on one of the largest excavations of skeletons ever undertaken in Britain. Dug out at the medieval cemetery of St. Mary Spital in East London, the skeletal…