Archaeologists have discovered a Spanish galleon full of treasures that sank 350 years ago (photo)

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    Archaeologists have discovered a Spanish galleon full of treasures that sank 350 years ago (photo)

    Jewels and other historical artifacts were discovered by scientists on a sunken 900-ton ship near the Bahamas.

    Discovered 70 km from the coast near the Bahamas, the Spanish galleon still keeps a large number of treasures and historical artifacts on board. This ship sank in 1656 and almost all of its crew perished. Since then, there have been repeated attempts to salvage the treasure the ship was carrying. Therefore, scientists did not hope to find something important and valuable, but they were lucky, according to The Guardian.

    The Spanish galleon “Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas”, weighing 891 tons, set off on its journey from the coast of modern Colombia with a cargo of gold, silver and other valuables. He not only carried his cargo, but silver and gold bars were placed in it from another Spanish ship, which had previously sunk in another part of South America, off the coast of modern Ecuador.

    Archaeologists discovered a Spanish galleon full of treasures that sank 350 years ago (photo)

    As scientists found out, on board the Spanish ship were not only gold and silver for the Spanish royal court, but also private cargo , as well as smuggling, information about which was not included in the documents. In particular, these were precious stones mined in Colombia.

    Archaeologists have discovered a Spanish galleon full of treasures that sank 350 years ago (photo)

    After midnight on January 4, 1656, off the coast of the Bahamas, due to a navigational error, another ship crashed into the galleon “Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas”, as a result of which the ship full of treasures ran into reefs and sank. Of the 650 people who were on board by the morning of January 5, only 45 survived. Given that this area is full of sharks, scientists believe that many crew members just became the prey of these predatory fish.

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    For centuries, Spanish rescue expeditions have been sent to the wreck of the 17th-century galleon, as well as treasure hunters have descended to the bottom, and now scientists are now fully exploring the ship for the first time. Allen Exploration, together with archaeologists from the United States and the Bahamas, took up the search for the sunken ship and the scientific description of its precious cargo, which still remained at the bottom. Allen Exploration was founded by Carl Allen, a successful businessman who retired early and devoted his life to finding and exploring the sunken ships of the distant past.

    Archaeologists discovered a Spanish galleon full of treasures that sank 350 years ago (photo)

    Among the finds on the sunken ship were fragments of Spanish jugs and Chinese porcelain, iron straps that fastened cannons on gun decks, glass wine bottles, sword hilts, silver coins, smoking pipes, cannonballs, personal belongings of the crew, jewelry and other valuables.

    Archaeologists have discovered a Spanish galleon full of treasures that sank 350 years ago (photo)

    Scientists were especially impressed by the well-preserved pendants and gold chains inlaid with precious stones, which had lain at the bottom for hundreds of years. Among them stands out a gold chain almost 2 meters long and weighing almost 1 kg. King Philip IV of Spain had a similar chain, who ruled the country when the galleon sank. Scientists believe that this chain could have been ordered either by the king himself or by one of the very wealthy nobles.

    Archaeologists have discovered a Spanish galleon full of treasures that sank 350 years ago (photo)

    Archaeologists have discovered a Spanish galleon full of treasures that sank 350 years ago (photo)

    By the way, the Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas galleon was built in northern Spain in the 1640s. And it is named after a 13th-century sculpture of the Virgin Mary, which was believed to work miracles.

    As Focus already wrote, not far from the coast of Egypt, scientists discovered a sunken ancient Greek ship of the second century BC AD

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