• August 16, 2022

350 years ago, the treasure came out of the sinking ship

The treasure has now been recovered from a Spanish ship that sank off the coast of the Bahamas in 1656.

The ill-fated ship was at the bottom of the Atlantic in less than 30 minutes and only 45 of the 650 crew members survived.

The treasure recovered from the ship includes silver and gold coins, emeralds and sapphires, a 1.8 meter long gold chain and 34 kg of silver bars.

When did the ship actually wreck and sink in the sea? We know very little about it in history. However, Spanish, English, French, Dutch, American and Bahamian missions recovered many pieces of the ship during the 17th and 18th centuries. The team believes there are more treasures out there.

One of the most important pieces found by the last expedition was a gold necklace with the cross of Santiago (St. James) in the middle.

The second piece has the same embossed cross, a large oval Colombian emerald. The bezel was originally set with 12 other emeralds.

Over the past four centuries, several expeditions have attempted to recover the wreck of the Maravilla, located 70 kilometers off the coast of the Bahamas, but have never been successful.

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