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Posted 05 April 2013 - 22:53

Deep-sea divers have just made the find of a lifetime. A ship that is believed to have sunk almost 400 years ago has been discovered. Located a quarter mile deep on the bottom of the ocean in the Gulf of Mexico, the sunken ship is believed to be the Buen Jesus y Nuestra Senora del Rosario. The ship was part of a Spanish fleet of 28 ships, eight of which met their demise on September 5, 1622, during a hurricane.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the find is that the shipwreck contains more than 17,000 pieces of real-life treasure. There were 39 bars of gold, ceramic jars, jewels, precious stones, silver coins, and even a device that was used to navigate the ship by the stars. And apparently, those aboard the ship kept parrots as pets, because bird bones were found on board. This is the first time the remains of a parrot have been found in a shipwreck.

The shipwreck and its contents were found by Odyssey Marine Exploration, a company that specializes in locating long-lost deep-sea artifacts. Odyssey's president, Greg Stemm, said of the Spanish treasure, "this is the major find of our time."

The loss of the Rosario and the other eight ships is believed to have contributed to the fall of the Spanish Empire. The Spanish economy was relying on the contents of the ship for a jump-start.

The artifacts found in the treasure are going to be on display at the Odyssey's headquarters in Tampa, Florida.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 22:58

Just waiting until Spain claims the treasure belongs to them.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 23:52

^ They have before.

I wonder how the discoverers are so sure it was a ship from Spain ...

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 23:56

So they only found 1 of 8? Anything important on the other ships?

^ They have before.

I wonder how the discoverers are so sure it was a ship from Spain ...


Markings on the ship/treasure. Lots of time gold bars are embossed with the countries emblem.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 23:59

^ Could have been taken over by say, English pirates.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 01:55

Great find. Too bad they won't get to keep any of it.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 02:07

^ Could have been taken over by say, English pirates.


I'm just speculating but they probably have records of the cargo that was carried in the Fleet destroyed by the hurricane.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 17:29

... why would they tell anyone... you need to remove and smelt half the gold and silver before they even know you found it

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 21:41

^ That would be my plan. :shifty:

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 21:51

^ They have before.

I wonder how the discoverers are so sure it was a ship from Spain ...


finders keepers. losers weepers. actually, if it is in international waters and spain never took the time to claim it in these years since.. how can they complain?

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 22:03

finders keepers. losers weepers. actually, if it is in international waters and spain never took the time to claim it in these years since.. how can they complain?

They always complain when a new treasure is found its ridiculous and pathetic. These people put years of researching and spend thousands of dollars on quests to find this stuff and when they do someone always complain and try to claim ownership.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:15

... why would they tell anyone... you need to remove and smelt half the gold and silver before they even know you found it


Maybe because they are the good guys? ;)