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Dominican Republic Research

General Information and Background: Ancient History and New Relationships

In 1993, Charles Beeker was contacted by Pedro J. Borrell of the Comision de Rescate Arquelogico Submarino to determine the University's interest in searching for a possible Columbus shipwreck in the shallow waters of Bahia Isabela. It was a golden opportunity to perhaps discover a fragile piece of history; it was here that Columbus established the first capital of the New World in 1494.

Since its creation, Indiana University's Underwater Science Program has been a leader in underwater archaeology and shipwreck park development. During its current research endevours, Indiana University's Charles Beeker, Program Director, is leading a team of experienced archaeologists, geologists, and park professionals to uncover some of the mysteries surrounding Columbus's arrival in the new world and the cultural impact of the Spanish conquistadors.