The treasures of the sinking of the legendary San Jose galleons have been revealed in a series of “unprecedented” underwater images.
Cannons, porcelain crockery and gold pieces have been plunged into the Caribbean Sea for 300 years.
The San Jose galleon, a treasure that historians would value for billions of dollars today, sank in 1708 near the Caribbean port of Cartagena, Colombia.
A remotely operated vehicle reached a depth of almost 3,100 feet (950 meters), allowing new videos of the wreckage, Colombian President Ivan Duque reported.
Operators found the galleon untouched by “human intervention”.
A part of the bow can be clearly seen covered with algae and seafood, as well as traces of the hull frame.
The Colombian army has unveiled images of the San Jose galleon, one of the largest in the Spanish Army, sunk with its treasure on the Caribbean coast 300 years ago.
A remote vehicle reached a depth of almost 3,100 feet (950 meters), allowing new videos of the debris. Operators found “human intervention” untouched
Chinese dinner service and other crockery were among the treasures of the ship
The video released by the Colombian government also included gold coins
The vehicle was driven by naval officials underwater monitoring, whoever he discovered two other nearby shipwrecks during four missions.
They were a galleon and a schooner from the colonial era, about 200 years ago, during the same period of the Spanish war of independence from Colombia.
Army Commander Gabriel Perez said: “We now have two other finds in the same area that show other possibilities for archaeological exploration.”
“So the job is just getting started.”
The images offer the best view of the treasure on board the San Jose ship: gold bullion and coins, including muddy cannons made in Seville in 1655, and a Chinese dinner service.
Porcelain crockery, pottery and glass bottles can also be seen.
Army and government archaeologists are working to determine the origin of the plaques based on the inscriptions, officials said.
The images offer the best view of the treasure of the San Jose ship – including porcelain crockery, pottery and glass bottles.
The vehicle, which videotaped the treasures, was used by military officials underwater monitoring, and two other shipwrecks were found in the area on four missions.
San Jose was a 62-gun galleon that landed on June 8, 1708, carrying 600 men.
The equipment used to search for the remains of the San Jose galleon sank nearly 3,100 feet into the Caribbean Sea in Colombia. It was managed by naval officials
Recovering the ship and its reward will be a challenge due to its underwater depth
WHAT WAS FOUND IN THE NAUFATION?
- Gold coins
- Chinese dinner service
- Glass bottles
- Part of the bow of the ship
- The hull frame of the ship
The president said: “Thanks to the technological equipment and the work of the Colombian navy, we have been able to capture images with an unprecedented level of accuracy.”
He added: ‘The idea is to have a sustainable recovery mechanism and funding for future extraction.
“That’s how we protect the treasure, the heritage of the San Jose Galleon.
He also mentioned it the wreck was “maintained and protected in its entirety with a view to its future recovery.”
It is likely that Colombia will face a challenge from the indigenous group of Spain and Bolivia to determine who keeps the award.
Spain emphasizes that the treasures have been its own since it was in a Spanish ship, while the indigenous nation of Qhara Qhara in Bolivia says that the Spaniards forced people in the community to exploit precious metals, so the treasures should belong to them.
However, Colombia considers the waste found in the waters of its territory to be its cultural heritage, meaning that its contents cannot be sold.
The galleon San José was owned by the Spanish Crown in 1708 when the British navy sank near Cartagena, and only eleven of the 600 crew survived.
The San Jose galleon was owned by the Spanish Crown when it was sunk by the British navy near Cartagena in 1708, and only 11 of its 600 crew survived.
He was returning from the New World to the court of King Philip V of Spain, and was believed to have had at least 200 tons of gold, silver, and emeralds.
When the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution discovered the shipwreck in 2015, it proposed that Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos launch a recovery mission, funded by selling part of the prize.
However, the current president stopped the mission make sure the catastrophe stays intact in his country.
Whenever this happens, the recovery of the ship will be challenging due to its great depth under water.
Since then, authorities have announced plans to create a disaster museum with the San Jose Galleon and other debris found off the coast of Colombia.
WHAT WAS THE SAN JOSE GALLEON AND WHY WAS IT FULL?
San Jose was a 62-gun, three-masted galleon that landed on June 8, 1708, carrying 600 men.
XVI and XVIII. He was one of many Spanish galleons that sailed between Europe and America for centuries.
When it sank, San Jose transported stolen gold, silver, emeralds, and other precious stones and metals from the American to Spain.
This wealth helped finance Spain’s war of succession against Britain.
The ship gained a reputation as the ‘holy grail’ of shipwrecks and carried one of the most valuable treasure hunts ever lost at sea, worth about £ 12.6 trillion ($ 17 billion).
An international team of experts, including the Colombian Navy and the country’s archeological institute, found it submerged on the Baroque coast in what is now Colombia, near the Rosario Islands.
Why did it sink?
It was followed 16 miles (26 km) from San Jose Cartagena by English Commander Charles Wager of the Royal Navy on 8 June 1708.
A fight broke out, known as ‘Wager’s Action’.
Sources say that Wager initially intended to control the crew and cargo of the Spanish ship.
However, the San Jose ashtrays exploded, destroying a treasure trove before it was captured.
Most of the 600 souls on board were killed when the ship sank.
The British prevented the Spanish fleet from transporting gold and silver to Europe to fund further war efforts, but it would have been a great prey if they had managed to capture the ship.
The treasures of the San Jose Galleon, which have been submerged for 300 years, are shown in new images
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