Santa Maria

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La Santa Mar­a de la Inmaculada Concepción, or La Santa Mar­a, originally La Gallega, was the largest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage. Her master and owner was Juan de la Cosa. Santa Mar­a was built in Pontevedra, Galicia, in Spain’s north-west region.‚ Santa Mar­a was probably a medium-sized nau (carrack), about 58‚ ft (17.7‚ m) long on deck, and according to Juan Escalante de Mendoza in 1575, Santa Maria was “very little larger than 100 toneladas” (about 100 tons, or tuns) burthen, or burden,‚ and was used as the flagship for the expedition. Santa Mar­a had a single deck and three small masts.