The Mystery of Christopher Columbus's Last Shipby Klaus Brinkbaumer & Clemens Hoges,
Lying in only twenty-five feet of water in a small gulf off the coast of Panama, a shipwrecked vessel managed to escape detection for centuries before it was discovered in the mid-1990s. In 2002, Klaus Brinkbäumer and Clemens Höges, journalists with the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel and also amateur divers, were the first to assemble a team of experts to analyze the remains. They determined that it was not only the oldest wreck ever found in the Western Hemisphere, but also very likely the remains of the Vizcaína, one of the ships Christopher Columbus took on his last trip to the New World.
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"This is a cracking good tale of exploration, discovery and the politics that surround any archaeological discovery." - PW.
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There are likely to be quite a few books about Columbus this year, as 2006 marks the 500th anniversary of his death.
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