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Yep, Experts Say The Santa Maria Is Still Lost

Experts have debunked the theory that a sunken ship off the coast of Haiti is Christopher Columbus' Santa Maria.

Yep, Experts Say The Santa Maria Is Still Lost
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This May, media headlines were blowing up with the news that one of Christopher Columbus' ships, the Santa Maria, had been found. 

REPORTER VIA CNN"How sure are you that this is the Santa Maria?"

BARRY CLIFFORD: "I'm extremely confident that we've discovered the wreck site."

Well, now a group of U.N. experts is sinking that theory. 

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization says the ship found off the coast of Haiti is now not believed to be the Santa Maria. 

The experts say bronze and copper fasteners found on the sunken ship would suggest it's from the 17th or 18th centuries, much younger than the Santa Maria, back when it was common to use wood or iron fasteners. 

In 1492, Columbus took his fleet of three ships: the Santa Maria, the Niña and the Pinta, attempting to find a westward route to China. He ran into the Americas instead, and the rest, as they say, is history. The Santa Maria reportedly sank months after Columbus landed. (Video via History Channel)

And actually all three of Columbus's ships seemed to have vanished, USA Today says. While the Niña and the Pinta didn't sink at the same time as the Santa Maria, we aren't sure what ever ended up happening to them later in their nautical careers.  

Aside from debunking the notion of this being the lost Santa Maria, the UNESCO report also called for the Haiti government to take legislative action to help preserve underwater heritage.