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Cayo InÚs de Soto
Inés de Soto is the biggest key that forms part of the Arrecifes Colorados, which wrap around the northwest coast of the province of Pinar del Río, Cuba. In 1992, the Inés de Soto shipwreck, named after the reef, was discovered and excavated. The unidentified ship is thought to have sunk between 1555 and 1556, and is suspected to have been involved in the illicit salvage of the 1554 Padre Island Shipwrecks, in Texas. Among the cultural material excavated, were two astrolabes, including one dated 1555.
The reef was discovered in 1492 by Columbus, but systematically visited by H. De Soto in 1532, who named it after his wife.
Coordinates: 22.81° N 83.80° W
Nearest Largest City: Puerto Esperanza, Pinar del Río, Cuba
Bry, J. 2003. Underwater Archaeology in Cuba Then and Now. Underwater and Maritime Archaeology, The Fifth World Archaeological Congress. URL: http://godot.unisa.edu.au/wac/pdfs/52.pdf (Accessed 1 Mar., 2004).
Keywords: Key, Shipwreck, Arrecifes colorados, Salvage
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