Marine archeologists were surprised to find gold and valuable stone artifacts from the disaster area of a Spanish cargo transport that sank many years ago.
The Spanish boat Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas (Our Lady of Wonders) carried such countless extravagant treasures that when it sank in the Bahamas in 1656, endless salvage efforts took place throughout the following 350 years. So when archeologists went on a new expedition, they didn’t anticipate finding any remains. Yet, contrary to expectations, the discovery included jewel-encrusted pendants and gold chains that had been lying intact on the seabed for many years, Guardian wrote on July 31. The boat sank west of the shallow waters of Little Bahama Bank more than 70 km from the mainland, however, the new treasure was found scattered in an area spanning more than 13 km.
Allen Exploration Company, along with archeologists and jumpers from the Bahamas and the US, was licensed by the Bahamas government to investigate the Maravilla’s transport for logical research. They also vowed to display the discovery at another museum in the Bahamas.
The treasure includes an elaborate gold chain with a rose theme, suggesting a portion of the items were intended for royalty or the wealthy aristocracy. A gold pendant depicting the cross of Santiago and set with an Indian bezoar, a stone that was entirely valuable in Europe many years ago for its healing powers. In addition, the archeological team also found a gold pendant with the cross of Santiago covering a large oval emerald, encompassed by many other square emeralds, which may address the 12 apostles of God. Ruler Jesus. Blocks of emeralds and amethysts dove in Colombia give further proof of smuggling activities because they were not included in the boat’s cargo declaration list.
Dr. Sean Kingsley, a British marine archeologist and editor of Wreckwatch magazine, said the findings were especially important because they were located under a layer of compacted sand on the seabed.
The Maravillas sailed from Havana to Spain with treasures from the Americas sent by both royalty and private customers, along with snuck products and extravagant merchandise from another merchant transport that sank off the coast of Ecuador. Yet, at noon on January 4, 1656, the boat sank because of a positioning mistake while trying to escape shallow water. Colliding with the leading boat, the boat crashed into a coral reef, and only 45/650 individuals on board made due.
Allen Exploration is using cutting-edge innovation to understand how the Maravillas sank and dispersed throughout the long term. The expedition also gathered data on coral reef health, seafloor geography, and plastic pollution. Things from the treasure trove will be on display at the Bahamas Maritime Museum opening August/August in Freeport.