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Christopher Colombus' exact departure point for the Americas found in Huelva
09 October 2014 @ 18:15

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have found what they believe to be the exact point from where Christopher Colombus set off for his discovery of the Americas in 1492.

It has long been suspected the point of departure may have been in or near La Fontanilla, in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva province), but this has only just been confirmed on Monday this week.

Argentinian Consul Enrique Martínez Ituño, based in Málaga, had said back in 1908 that he wanted to try to restore the port in Los Palos.

But nothing would happen for another 106 years.

Part of the Mediaeval port, comprising seven kilns for making bricks, pottery, roof tiles, limestone and cooking food, is said to be unique in Spain and one of the only examples of its kind.

Remains of a customs office, a small fountain or 'fontanilla' – hence the name – and a warehouse with a storeroom, a tavern and a mooring bay for the ship have also been dug up. 


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