Western State Celebrates Alum’s Possible Santa Maria Discovery
GUNNISON, Colo. (CBS4) – Western State Colorado University is encouraging its students to “explore and discover” the world following the announcement this week that the wreck site of a ship sailed by Columbus may have been discovered.
Barry Clifford graduated from the school in Gunnison in 1969 and has since become a well known maritime archaeological investigator.
This week Clifford announced that his team believes they have found what remains — more than 500 years later — of the Santa Maria off the coast of Haiti.
“I think there’s a great lesson here for kids, Not just about the discovery of the ship but how you can take history and use clues to go back and solve riddles,” Clifford said.
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Clifford says he’s hoping to work with the Haitian government and other countries to preserve what he is nearly positive is the historical find.