It is near midnight on 4 January 1656 and Spanish Galleon Our Lady of Wonders It’s silent. Only the sound of the Caribbean and the wind caressing the sails of a giant ship departing from Cartagena de Indias is heard.
He goes to Spain after gathering Silver booty recovered from the wreckage of Jesus Maria de la Limpia Concepcion, Drowned in Ecuadorian rock. But in a few seconds everything changes.
Flagship Nuestra Seora de la Conception I had a navigation error and that fateful night bumped into Against the Maravilas, sending the Spanish galleons against a cliff. In less than 30 minutes, I’ll be at the bottom of the ocean.
Of the 650-strong crew, only 45 survived.
Now explorers have found Some of the wonders that the Marvilas kept And display them in the Bahamas Maritime Museum.
“Maravilas are an iconic part of Bahamian maritime history,” said Carl Allen, businessman and founder of Allen Exploration, the organization behind the expedition.
“The shipwreck of Galleon had a difficult history: with many fragments recovered by Spanish, English, French, Dutch, American and Bahamian expeditions during the 17th and 18th centuries,” he said.
According to the Maritime Museum, one of the most important pieces of Allen’s discovery was a gold earring with cross of santiago between.
Another gold earring found in the rubble is oval and 4.7 cm long.
In the center, the cross of Santiago emerges from a large Colombian emerald in the shape of an oval. The outer frame is adorned with 12 more emeralds representing the 12 apostles.
The Order of Santiago was the most prestigious military body in Spain and Portugal. His knights were particularly active in the maritime trade.
When the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama, the first European to visit India, commanded an armada of 21 ships between 1502 and 1503, he sailed with eight Knights of the Order.
The company in charge of the discovery said it hopes to keep the pieces in the museum in the Bahamas, as it is part of the great historical and cultural wealth of the place.
“For a nation built on the sea, it is surprising how little is understood about the Bahamas’ relationship to the sea,” says Michael Pettman, director of the Bahamas Maritime Museum.
“Little is known whether the indigenous Lucayan people, for example, settled here 1300 years ago. Or that the entire population of about 50,000 people was forcibly expelled, forced to look for pearls in Venezuela and became extinct in less than three decades,” he recalled.