Researchers Find ‘Holy Grail’ Of Shipwrecks With $18 Billion Of Treasure Onboard [PHOTOS]
Treasure hunting researchers are now revealing their findings from a massive shipwreck found off the coast of Columbia, and the details are unbelievable.
The ship, which is believed to be the San Jose, has been sunken for about 300 years near the Rosario Islands in the Caribbean. The massive galleon was carrying booty from the area back to Spain to help fund the Spanish war of succession against Britain. It was tracked down by British Commodore Charles Wager of the Royal Navy, who planned to take the ship over when he got close enough. However, when they fired upon the San Jose all the ammunition onboard detonated and sank it, taking nearly 600 lives and treasure with it.
“The 62-gun, three-masted galleon, went down on June 8, 1708, with 600 people on board as well as a treasure of gold, silver and emeralds during a battle with British ships in the War of Spanish Succession,” Daily Mail reports. It was located using a REMUS 6000 robot.
Researchers have known about the San Jose’s whereabouts for nearly three years, but out of respect for the Columbian government, researchers reportedly kept the discovery relatively hush. Even the exact location of the ship has been kept secret to prevent any theft or curious boaters from trespassing.
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Re-imaginations of what the ship may have looked like in its heyday are unbelievable, too.
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It’s not often that you dredge up one of the most valuable shipwrecks in the world. Just thinking about the fact that there was $18 billion sitting 2,000 feet down at the bottom of the ocean, untouched for nearly 300 years is mind-boggling. It’s not clear who the treasure belongs to or where it may be allocated, but you can bet that whoever gets it isn’t going to be very worried about money anymore.
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