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Exquisite treasure trove of gold and jewelry from the wreck of a 17th-century Spanish galleon discovered in the Bahamas

  • Treasures have been found at the Nuestra Seora de las Maravillas shipwreck in the Bahamas.
  • The contingent consisted of silver bars, a five-foot gold chain, emeralds and pearls.

Treasures have been discovered in the shipwreck of the 17th-century Nuestra Seora de las Maravillas (Our Lady of Wonders) in the Bahamas.

Dazzling finds include solid silver bars, 5-foot, 9-inch-long gold chains, in-tact pottery, a gold and emerald pendant, a pearl ring, two glass wine bottles, and the hilt of soldier Don Martin’s silver sword. Are included. De Aranda y Gusman.

The discoveries are on display at the new Bahamas Maritime Museum, maintained by the government of the Bahamas, and by Carl Allen, entrepreneur, explorer, philanthropist, and founder of Allen Exploration, whose team uncovered the discoveries.

Exquisite Treasure Trove Of Gold And Jewelry From The Wreck Of A 17Th-Century Spanish Galleon Discovered In The Bahamas
A 5-foot, 9-inch-long gold chain was found in the wreck of the Nuestra Senora de las Maravillas.Nathaniel Harrington

“When we brought the oval emerald and gold pendants, my breath caught in my throat. How these little pendants survived in these hard waters, and how we were able to find them, is a marvel of Marvilas,” Allen said in a press release. Where was the release sent to Insider?

Allen Explorations discovered treasures scattered over eight miles of ocean floor.

Exquisite Treasure Trove Of Gold And Jewelry From The Wreck Of A 17Th-Century Spanish Galleon Discovered In The Bahamas
Explorers discover the remains of Nuestra Seora de las MarvilasiChad Bagwell

In the statement, Allen spoke of the shipwreck’s “difficult history”, saying that it was “heavily salvaged by Spanish, English, French, Dutch, Bahamian and American expeditions in the 17th and 18th centuries, and The blitz was carried out by salvers from the 1970s until the early 1990s. Some say the remains had settled into dust.”

He also noted that “the sea floor is barren,” that “the colorful coral that divers remember since the ’70s has been poisoned by ocean acidification and buried by meters of moving sand. It is painfully Sad. Still lying on those dead gray reefs, however, are spectacular discoveries.”

Project marine archaeologist James Sinclair said, “The ship may have been destroyed by previous rescues and storms. But we are convinced there are more stories.”

Exquisite Treasure Trove Of Gold And Jewelry From The Wreck Of A 17Th-Century Spanish Galleon Discovered In The Bahamas
An emerald pendant found in the remains of Nuestra Senora de las MaravillasNathaniel Harrington

The new Bahamas Maritime Museum will open on August 8.

“For a nation made of sea, it is astonishing how little is understood about the Bahamas’ maritime ties,” said Dr. Michael Peterman, Director of the Bahamas Maritime Museum, in a press release.

“Very little is known whether the indigenous Lucayan people, for example, settled here 1,300 years ago. Or that the entire population, 50,000 people forced by Spanish guns, was made to dive for pearls off Venezuela , and were killed in less than three. decades. The Bahamas had dazzling Old World culture. Lucayans, the slave trade, pirates, and Maravilla are the main stories we’re sharing at the museum.”

about the ship

According to the Bahamas Maritime Museum, the 17th-century Nuestra Seora de las Maravillas was a two-deck Spanish galleon that sank on a journey from the Americas to Spain, carrying treasures in the form of both royal taxes and personal property.

The ship sank off the Little Bahama Bank on January 4, 1656, after a navigational error. Only 45 of the 650 on board survived.

The wreck was quickly relocated after the ship sank, and for centuries people have tried their luck to find some of the sunken riches.

Explorer Robert Marx rediscovered the remains in 1972, and saved what was left. Further remains were saved by Herbert Humphries between 1986 and the early 1990s.

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