National Geographic : 1938 Mar
Photograph byMajor Albert W.Stevens HERE COLUMBUS'S FLAGSHIP WAS WRECKED ON THE EXPLORER'S FIRST VOYAGE TOAMERICA With the foundering of the Santa Maria on Christmas Eve, 1492, began Cap Haitien's long, glamorous, and sometimes tragic history. Capital ofHaiti under the French, who made it a "little Paris," Cap Haitien has several times been destroyed by fire, earthquake, and revolution. The author found this apeculiar harbor, with a protecting series of reefs, which completely break the sea. Seen from a distance, ocean steamers at anchor appear to beriding intheopen sea; yettheharbor has no roll and is usually perfectly calm.