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Haitian Shipwreck is not Columbus’s Santa Maria
Contrary to recent news, the wreck found by Barry Clifford off the Northern coast of Haiti is not Columbus’s famous Santa Maria flagship because the vessel did not sink, as Columbus claimed.
In stunning rebuttal to the supposed finding of the Santa Maria by treasure hunter Barry Clifford, historian Manuel Rosa goes into great detail in his book “Columbus-
This cannonball that Columbus ordered shot intentionally disabled and marooned the Santa Maria for three reasons:
1- So that those left behind could not follow him home.
2- So that Spain was forced to send a rescue fleet.
3- Because the Santa Maria would have been highly dangerous to sail back through the winter seas of the Azores.
Columbus’s flagship was purposely dragged up onto the beach of Caracol, re-christened Natividad and ordered shot side-to-side by a cannonball. Furthermore, Rosa asserts that the explorer made sure to take back all the pilots with him, so that, if those marooned could repair the hole in the ship’s hull, they would not know how to reach Spain.
Documented in great detail in Chapter 10 of Rosa’s 480-page manuscript• and accompanied by freehand illustrations drawn by Columbus himself in a map of Española (Haiti-Dominican Republic) during the first voyage of 1492.
In a Ship Log that is full of contradictions and discrepancies, Columbus clearly declares that the Santa Maria was “en tierra”, that is “on land”, on January 2, 1493.
Yet, Columbus had declared the ship to be lost on coral banks, located one and a half leagues (6 miles) offshore from that beach where the Santa Maria was shot that January 2. On January 2, the ship was safe and sound on today’s Caracol Beach. Columbus wrote, “porque ella quedó sana como quando partió” because she was as sound as when she had left (Spain). How could a ship that sank six miles offshore, lying on its side and taking on water, as he cleverly described it in the logbook, succeed in reaching a sandy beach six miles away in order to be shot by a cannon? This feat would require a large crane and diesel powered tugboats available only some 400 years later.
Therefore, the Santa Maria could only get to Caracol Beach under its own power and thus, it never sank or ran aground, as the explorer declared to the court. The whole report of the ship sinking on Christmas Eve 1492 at those banks off the coast of Haiti was a lie to not have to explain why he marooned the crew and why the court’s overseers did not return with him to Spain.
It is only by locating the banks on a map, following details from the Ship Log, that one can clearly see Columbus’s deception.
One of the Santa Maria’s anchors, today in a Haitian museum at Port-au-Prince, was found at a plantation in Limonade, just 6 miles from Caracol. How could such a heavy anchor have floated to land from 6 miles offshore? Furthermore, the bell from the Santa Maria was found in 1994 off the coast of Portugal, near the ship San Salvador, which sank in 1555. Many puzzled over how the Santa Maria’s bell survived when the rest of the ship sank. The only answer is that the Santa Maria never sank, as Rosa claims.
When the Haitian natives decided to burn the Santa Maria in late 1493, the bell survived because it was metal, and was recovered by Columbus upon his return to Natividad on November 28, 1493. The bell had been stored in Santo Domingo until it was shipped to Spain in 1555.
Why then all the misinformation in his Ship Log? Was it all a ruse to trick the Spanish Crown into sending him on a second voyage? Was the deception a pretense for marooning the Spanish crown's overseers because they could have blown Columbus's cover had they returned to court with him?
By marooning his own ship, Columbus was free to report to the court of Queen Isabella whatever lies he wanted without the court’s overseers from the 1492 voyage contradicting him, exactly as he did.
Columbus’s advice to the Spanish Court culminated in the signing of the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas, which gave Portugal free access to the Indian Spice Trade Route while at the same time denying Spain access to that profitable route.
The fact is that anyone looking for the Santa Maria in the ocean has not fully understood Columbus’s Ship Log, nor the ruse he was taking part in, and is wasting their time since the ship was left on land and was later burned to ashes by the natives.
• Related book titles and References:
O Mistério Colombo Revelado, Ésquilo, Portugal, 2006 (ISBN-13: 978-9728605865)
Colombo Português-Novas Revelações, Ésquilo, Portugal, 2009 (ISBN-13: 978-9898092533)
Colón. La Historia Nunca Contada, Ésquilo, Espanha, 2010 (ISBN-13: 978-9898092663)
Kolumb. Historia Nieznana, Rebis, Polónia, 2012 (ISBN-13: 978-8375107227)
Kolumbas. Atskleistoji istorija, Charidbe, Lituânia, (ISBN-13: 978-9955739449)
Alex Burke, Media Relations