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1724 Guadalupe Underwater Archaeological Preserve

The 1724 Guadalupe Underwater Archaeological Preserve is the the world's first underwater shipwreck museum. Created during the summer of 2002 by IU students and faculty, the preserve is adjacent to Viva Dominicus Beach and Viva Dominicus Palace in Bayahibe. It was dedicated in a ceremony involving representatives of Indiana University and Domincan Republic including Charles Beeker, Director of the Office of Underwater Science and Tony Raful, the Secretary of Culture for the Dominican Republic.

The Spanish galleons Guadalupe and Tolosa sank in Samana Bay during a hurricane in 1724. Undiscovered until the 1970s the wrecks lay undisturbed. In the 1970, the ONPCS recovered artifacts and cannons from these shipwreck sites. Until last year, the ships artifacts were stored away from the public view in the ONPCS conservatory.