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The Santa Maria was the ship Christopher Columbus sailed on first his voyage to the Americas in 1492. On Christmas Eve, it struck a reef just off the island of Haiti and sank. Thirty-nine members of the crew used the shi... More »

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Before attempting his first voyage to the Americas, Christopher Columbus made a business agreement with Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain that entitled him to 10 percent of any profits he made during his voyage.... More »

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Juan Ponce de Leon sailed for Spain, starting his career as part of Christopher Columbus' second voyage to the New World. Later, the Spanish crown sent Ponce de Leon to govern the eastern half of Hispaniola and then to f... More »

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The Spanish expedition that Balboa joined to South America consisted of two ships, the Santa Maria and the San Anton. Balboa made other expeditions, but the names of the ships are uncertain. More »

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Prior to embarking on his first long ocean voyage at age 17, Marco Polo enjoyed the life of a wealthy man's son in Venice, Italy. His father, Niccolo Polo, was a well-traveled jewel merchant who spent much time away duri... More »

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Santa Maria is part of the Sierra Madre volcano range located in Guatemala. It first began erupting 30,000 years ago. It is a stratovolcano whose peak towers about 4,600 feet above the nearby city of Quetzaltenango. Its ... More »

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The Santa Maria is a stationary replica ship located in Columbus, Ohio, and doesn't offer visitors nighttime activities unless it's booked for a private or corporate event. However, as a museum, visitors can purchase tic... More »

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