Sunken Jewels, a buried treasure discovered in the Bahamas from an iconic 17th-century Spanish shipwreck

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A treasure trove of jewels, medallions and historical artifacts has been discovered in the Bahamas from the legendary 17th-century Maravillas shipwreck – and the public is about to take a look at it.

Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas (Our Lady of Miracles), a double-decker Spanish galleon, sank on January 4, 1656 near Little Bahama Bank in the northern Bahamas while traveling from Cuba to Seville.

He carried numerous treasures of both royal tax and private property.

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The 891-ton ship sank after colliding with the flagship of its fleet.

It hit the reef 30 minutes later and eventually sank.

Illustration of the Spanish galleon of Our Lady of Miracles that sank in 1656.

Illustration of the Spanish galleon of Our Lady of Miracles that sank in 1656.
(Allen’s exploration)

The remains of the ship were scattered for several miles in the ocean, leaving no significant part of the ship.

For over 360 years, archaeologists and adventurers have been trying to locate the remains that have been lost in the wreckage.

And while a large chunk of the treasure – about 3.5 million out of eight – was salvaged between 1656 and the early 1990s, modern technology such as high-resolution magnetometers, improved GPS, and metal detection allowed Allen Exploration to bring about surface riches beyond ours. imagination.

The explorer is holding a gold coin found in the Bahamas, and in the distance is the Allen Exploration boat.

The explorer is holding a gold coin found in the Bahamas, and in the distance is the Allen Exploration boat.
(Brendan Chavez / Allen’s Exploration)

In an interview with Fox News Digital, Allen Exploration founder Carl Allen said he and his team began extracting valuable artifacts in July 2020 near Walker’s Cay.

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High-tech tools and official permission from the Bahamas government to search the Northern Bahamas area – known as a wreck hot spot – have contributed to “pretty amazing” discoveries, the entrepreneur said.

“We have recovered thousands of artifacts,” he said.

The Allen Exploration fleet appears in the waters of the Bahamas.

The Allen Exploration fleet appears in the waters of the Bahamas.
(Brendan Chavez / Allen’s Exploration)

“Cannons, anchors, emeralds and amethysts … We have about 3,000 silver coins and 25 gold coins,” he said.

The water in this area only reaches 50 feet deep, while sand can bury treasures up to 20 feet, he revealed.

However, that didn’t stop Allen from proving his doubters wrong and uncovering treasures that took his breath away.

Allen Exploration founder Carl Allen, shown with his wife Gigi, holds an amethyst found on a wreck in the Bahamas.

Allen Exploration founder Carl Allen, shown with his wife Gigi, holds an amethyst found on a wreck in the Bahamas.
(Matthew Rissell / Allen’s Exploration)

“When I pulled out my first valuable item, I lost my breath,” he said. “I couldn’t breathe.”

“I’ve been thinking about it all my life.”

Fascinating finds also include Spanish jars of olives, Chinese porcelain and iron rigging, according to an AllenX press release.

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The team also discovered a silver sword hilt belonging to soldier Don Martin de Aranda y Gusmán; the item helped teams identify these treasures as belonging to the sunken Maravillas.

One gold pendant with the Cross of Santiago is designed in the shape of a scallop shell.

Four pendants were also found worn by members of the holy Order of Santiago, a religious group of knights active in the Spanish maritime trade.

AllenX considered the jewels of the Order of Santiago to be “star” finds so far.

One gold pendant with the Cross of Santiago is designed in the shape of a scallop shell.

It is fortified by what appears to be an Indian bezoar-free stone – a famous European stone known for its healing properties.

The gold pendant appears to hold an Indian bezoar stone.

The gold pendant appears to hold an Indian bezoar stone.
(Nathaniel Harrington / Allen’s Exploration)

Another gold pendant adorns the same cross that drapes over the large oval Colombian emerald.

Three gold chains were found, including an 887-gram gold filigree chain made of 80 round links and decorated with motifs of four-petal rosettes, most likely made in the Philippines.

One gold pendant with the Cross of Santiago is designed in the shape of a scallop shell.

AllenX pointed out that there are no exact replicas of the chain from other excavations in museum collections or in Spanish portrait art.

This 887-gram gold filigree chain, consisting of 80 round links and decorated with motifs of four-petal rosettes, was most likely made in the Philippines.

This 887-gram gold filigree chain, consisting of 80 round links and decorated with motifs of four-petal rosettes, was most likely made in the Philippines.
(Nathaniel Harrington / Allen’s Exploration)

Allen Exploration archaeologist Jim Sinclair told Fox News Digital that these artifacts show how humans lived during the colonial and New World periods.

An archaeologist for 40 years and the original discoverer of iconic wrecks such as the Titanic, Sinclair said revival such as the Maravillas reflected an “amazing leap” in technology.

The archaeologist also found artifact analysis to be “really good development” in terms of detecting human behavior and history.

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While the value of these artifacts is likely to be in the millions of dollars, they are invaluable, said Bill Springer, a spokesman for Allen Exploration.

None of Allen Exploration’s discoveries will be up for auction or sale.

Instead, the finds will be part of an exhibition at the Bahamas Allen Exploration Maritime Museum, located in the Port Lucaya market in Freeport.

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The museum will open on Saturday, August 6, 2022.

It will reveal other exhibits on the maritime history of the Bahamas as well as the transatlantic slave trade and the Lucayan people.

Only 45 survivors

The Maravillas exhibition also presents the history of the ship’s destruction.

Of the nearly 650 passengers that were aboard the ship, only 45 survived.

No human remains were found.

Divers are shown digging up buried treasures on the seabed - at the site of a shipwreck in the Bahamas.

Divers are shown digging up buried treasures on the seabed – at the site of a shipwreck in the Bahamas.
(Chad Bagwell / Allen’s Exploration)

The shipwreck was a “huge blow,” Allen explained as Spain was struggling financially at the time and the boat was jammed with valuables.

It was one of the largest treasury ships to ever leave India – which is why Allen said he expected even more artifacts to be discovered.

The “home bed” has not yet been discovered.

He pointed out that the “parent spring” had not yet been discovered; and when that happened, he said the prey would be “extremely valuable.”

“The manifesto usually on those old ships, many times – that’s only about half of what was on the ship because there was so much contraband,” he said.

“So this is exciting.”

Divers study the wreckage site in the Bahamas.

Divers study the wreckage site in the Bahamas.
(Brendan Chavez / Allen’s Exploration)

With the launch of the museum, Allen develops his passion for discovery and education by developing underwater archeology programs for children of the Bahamas.

“The big problem is [the debris] it won’t stay there forever, ”he said.

“And it’s a playground for wrecks.”

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“So I made a path for other people to do this – and I’m glad of it.”

The Bahamas Allen Exploration Maritime Museum in Freeport, Grand Bahama will open on August 6, 2022.

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