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The galleon San Jose been found: the greatest treasure of history


These past few days the galleon San Jose was recovered from the ocean floor, sunk by the British gunfire in 1708.

It’s been found precisely on the 27 November 2015 by the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History and an international group of scholars.

The galleon was carrying precious stones, gold and silver directly to the Spanish crown, but was sunk off the coast of Colombia more than 300 years ago.

It is estimated that the load carried is worth 1.5 billion dollars, which now belong to Colombia, as the galleon San Jose is part of its national heritage.

The calculation was made only considering the gems, not to mention the findings of high historical value as swords and tools of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

During the conference, held in Cartagena, Colombian President Santos has not revealed the location of the findings because it is private information. We know, however, that the area is one of the Rosario Islands, the archipelago located opposite the city of Cartagena.

Some photos were made public, where it’s possible to spot bronze cannons, weapons and pottery made of ceramic and porcelain.

The wreckage was found at a depth yet not been made public but above 300 meters, thanks to some anomalies intercepted by sonar. This is just the beginning of a long process of study on the galleon San Jose and its treasure, which is estimated it could be the largest ever found so far.


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