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1724 Guadalupe Underwater Archaeological Preserve

The 1724 Guadalupe Underwater Archaeological Preserve (GUAP) is the the world's first underwater shipwreck museum. Created during the summer of 2004 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 Guadalupe Underwater Archaeological Preserve was inagurated as a Living Museum of the Sea on May 23rd, 2011.

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 1970s, the Dominican Government authorized the salvage of artifacts and cannons from these shipwrecks. Many of the ships' artifacts are stored at the Dirección General de Patrimonio Cultural Subacuático laboratory.

 

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