Scholars pinpoint site of Columbus' departure

In the 15th-century, Palos de la Frontera in southwestern Spain was a thriving port. New scholarship, and the discovery of pottery and a reef, have led experts to establish the site as the departure point for Christopher Columbus' 1492 voyage.

The excavation team, led by Professor Juan Manuel Campos, found “thousands and thousands of articles,” and more importantly, the reef, which would have been "the port’s customs area, and it was the place where Columbus negotiated and made the arrangements necessary for the success of his historic voyage,” Campos said.