One of the world’s top underwater archeological investigators believes he has found the sunken remains of the wreckage from the Santa Maria ship which sailed on the 1492 voyage with Christopher Columbus. On May 13, USA Today reported the new discovery, as did My Daily News and a host of other credible sources. All of this information creates the headlines that only serve to provide remarkable information to form a full history unit for any homeschooler.
In 1492 Columbus may have sailed the ocean blue, but the Santa Maria did not fare too well on the journey. During a storm, his journal records that it was wrecked. Apparently, his journal recorded where the storm took place and that they had used lumber from the ship to build a fort.
In 2003, archaeologists located the fort’s likely location, and from this information, Explorer Barry Clifford plotted the data until he found the wreckage of the ship he believes to be the Santa Maria. The ship’s skeletal remains is off the coast of Haiti, but he hopes to bring it out of the water to study the remains and perhaps eventually display what can be salvaged in a museum.
The ship is currently on a reef located approximately ten to 15 feet below the surface of the water. It is off of Haiti’s northern coast. Additionally, according to the USA Today article, the rocks found nearby match those found in the same part of Spain where the ship originated and match the ship’s ballast stone.
This is the kind of stuff that curious homeschoolers get excited about. This information is enough to spark learning for several lessons. Begin with looking up how the ship would have looked, make drawings of it and its masts that displayed large red crosses. Use geographical skills to plot out the journey. Use the map diagrams in the USA Today or My Daily News articles as a guide. Study the history of the voyage of Columbus. Use your imagination to explore any and every area of interest you discover along the way. Begin a language arts study by reading the journal of Christopher Columbus. Keep your eyes open for new articles in the next few days and weeks ahead regarding this new discovery.