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

Artifacts found at Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas

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

  • Treasures have been found on the Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas shipwreck in the Bahamas.

  • The treasure included bars of silver, a five-foot gold chain, emeralds and pearls.

  • The Maritime Museum of the Bahamas is opening to display the finds.

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

Brilliant finds include solid silver bars, a 1.5-meter, 9-inch-long gold chain, intact pottery, a gold and emerald pendant, a pearl ring, two glass wine bottles and a sword hilt. of the soldier Don Martin de Aranda and Gusmán.

The findings are about to be displayed at the new Bahamas Maritime Museum, created by the Government of the Bahamas, and Carl Allen, entrepreneur, explorer, philanthropist and founder of Allen Exploration, whose team discovered the findings.

A 5-foot 9-inch gold chain found in the wreck of the Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas ship.

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

“When we brought out the emerald and gold oval pendant, my breath caught in my throat. How these tiny pendants survived in these rough waters, and how we managed to find them, is the miracle of the Maravillas,” Allen said in a press release. release sent to Insider.

Allen Explorations discovered the treasures scattered along an 13-kilometer stretch of ocean floor.

Explorers dive into the ruins of Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas

Explorers dive into the ruins of Nuestra Señora de las MaravillasChad Bagwell

In the statement, Allen spoke of the wreck’s “hard history”, saying it was “heavily salvaged by Spanish, English, French, Dutch, Bahamian and American expeditions in the 17th and 18th centuries, and bombed by rescuers from the 1970s. early 1990s. Some say the remains were reduced to dust.”

He also added that “the sea floor is barren”, that “the colorful coral that divers remembered from the 70s is gone, poisoned by ocean acidification and suffocated by meters of quicksand. It’s painfully sad. Still lying on those gray reefs.” dead, however, are brilliant finds.”

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

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

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

The new Maritime Museum of the Bahamas will open on August 8.

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

“Few people know that the Lucayan indigenous peoples, for example, settled here 1,300 years ago. For decades. There was a dazzling Old World culture in the Bahamas. The Lucaians, the slave trade, the pirates and the maravillas are central stories we are sharing at the museum.”

Our Lady of the Maravillas

Our Lady of the MaravillasAllen Exploration

about the ship

According to the Maritime Museum of the Bahamas, 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 treasure, both royal taxes and private property.

The ship sank on Little Bahama Bank on January 4, 1656, following 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 rescued some of what remained. Other remains were recovered by Herbert Humphreys between 1986 and early 1990s.

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