Exquisite treasure trove of gold and jewels from a shipwreck of a 17th century Spanish galleon discovered in the Bahamas

Exquisite treasure trove of gold and jewels from a shipwreck of a 17th century Spanish galleon discovered in the Bahamas

Artifacts found on the Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas

Artifacts found in the rubble of the Nuestra Señora de las MaravillasBrendan Chavez

  • Treasures were found in the Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas shipwreck in the Bahamas.

  • The hoard included silver ingots, a five-foot gold chain, emeralds and pearls.

  • The Bahamas Maritime Museum opens to display the exhibits.

A treasure chest was discovered in the shipwreck of the 17th century Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas (Our Lady of Wonders) in the Bahamas.

The sparkling finds include solid silver ingots, a 5-foot 9-inch long gold chain, intact pottery, a gold and emerald pendant, a pearl ring, two glass wine bottles and a sword hilt. silver of the soldier Don Martin de Aranda and Gusmán.

The artifacts are about to be exhibited at the new Bahamas Maritime Museum, created by the Bahamian government, and Carl Allen, entrepreneur, explorer, philanthropist and founder of Allen Exploration, whose team uncovered the artifacts.

A 5ft 9 inch long gold chain found in the Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas ship wreck.

A 5ft 9 inch long gold chain found in the Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas ship wreck.Nathaniel Harrington

“When we pulled out the oval pendant with emerald and gold, my breath stopped in my throat. The way these tiny charms survived in these harsh waters and how we managed to find them is the miracle of the Maravillas,” he said. Allen in a press release sent to Insider.

Allen Explorations discovered the treasures scattered along an eight-mile stretch of the ocean floor.

Explorers delve into the remains of the Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas

Explorers delve into the remains of the Nuestra Señora de las MaravillasChad Bagwell

In the statement, Allen spoke of the “hard history” of the shipwreck, saying it had been “heavily rescued by Spanish, British, French, Dutch, Bahamian and American expeditions in the 17th and 18th centuries and struck by the early 1970s saviors. from the 1990s. Some claim that the remains were reduced to dust. “

He also added that “The sea floor is barren,” that “the colorful coral that divers remembered from the 1970s has disappeared, poisoned by ocean acidification and suffocated by meters of quicksand. It’s painfully sad. Still lying on it. those dead gray cliffs, however, are sparkling discoveries. “

“The ship may have been obliterated by past rescues and hurricanes. But we’re convinced there are other stories out there,” said project marine archaeologist James Sinclair.

An emerald pendant found in the remains of the Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas

An emerald pendant found in the remains of the Nuestra Señora de las MaravillasNathaniel Harrington

The new Bahamas Maritime Museum will open on August 8th.

“For a nation built from the ocean, it is surprising how little is understood about the maritime connections of the Bahamas,” said Dr. Michael Pateman, director of the Bahamas Maritime Museum, in the press release.

“Few know that the indigenous Lucanian peoples, for example, settled here 1,300 years ago. Or that the entire population, up to 50,000 people, was forced to flee the Spanish guns, forced to dive in search of pearls off the coast of Venezuela. and killed in less than three decades. There was a dazzling Old World culture in the Bahamas. The Lucayans, the slave trade, the pirates and the Maravillas are key stories we share in the museum. “

Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas

Nuestra Señora de las MaravillasAllen exploration

On the ship

According to the Bahamas Maritime Museum, the 17th-century Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas was a two-deck Spanish galleon that sank on a voyage from the Americas to Spain carrying treasures, both as a royal tax and as private property.

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

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

Explorer Robert Marx rediscovered the remains in 1972 and saved some of what was left. Further remains were recovered by Herbert Humphreys between 1986 and the early 1990s

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