Researchers seek sunken Spanish colony ship

In 1526, Luis Vasquez de Ayllon attempted to establish a Spanish colony on the coast of what is now the state of Georgia. He ran his vessel aground off the South Carolina coast, and it all began to go horribly wrong. Now researchers are looking for the wrecked flagship of the colony expedition.

Despite the wreck, Ayllon landed nearly 600 men, women and children on the coast along with animals and supplies in September 1526. By November, half of them had died of disease or been killed by hostile indigenous people. The survivors packed up and left, missing by nearly 100 years the chance to become the first European residents of North America.