Treasures of a 17th-century Spanish galleon found in the Bahamas

Treasures of a 17th-century Spanish galleon found in the Bahamas

Treasures of a 17th-century Spanish galleon found in the Bahamas

Photo: divers/Daily Mail

In the Bahamas, divers have discovered new treasures from a legendary 17th-century shipwreck that have been hidden under shark-infested waters for more than 360 years, reports the British Daily Mail.

Double-deck Spanish the galleon Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas (“Our Lady of the Miracles”) sank off the coast of the Little Bahama in the northern Bahamas on January 4, 1656.

Treasures of a 17th century Spanish galleon found in the Bahamas

Galleon Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas

Most of his treasures – about 3.5 million of the eight coins were salvaged between 1656 and the early 1990s, but recent efforts using modern technology have unearthed artifacts on the ship that were still found from the time of the sinking.

Treasures of a 17th century Spanish galleon found in the Bahamas

The hoard includes Spanish jugs of olive oil, Chinese porcelain, iron rigging, gold and silver coins, and a silver sword hilt that belonged to soldier Don Martin de Aranda y Guzmán.

Treasures of a 17th century Spanish galleon found in the Bahamas

A unique golden chain

Also found were three gold chains and four pendants worn by members of the Holy Order of Santiago, a religious group of knights very active in Spanish maritime trade.

Treasures of a 17th-century Spanish galleon found in the Bahamas

Gold pendant with emeralds

According to the publication, some of the items were smuggling that “illegally oiled the palms of Spanish merchants and officials.”

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Gold pendant of the Order of Santiago with the cross of St. James

According to experts, all these finds are unique among the three million shipwrecks in the world and will be exhibited in new museum in the Bahamas for the first time next week.

Treasures of a 17th-century Spanish galleon found in the Bahamas

Gold ring with pearls

Prepared by: Sergei Daga