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Treasure ship that sank in the Caribbean 300 years ago is revealed… 21 trillion won worth of gold coins and ceramics ‘full’

Colombia releases underwater video of gold coins and pottery in ‘San Jose’

Debris found near the sinking Spanish sailing ship ‘San Jose’ unveiled by the Colombian Navy on the 6th (local time). AFP Federation

Two additional ships were found in the Caribbean Sea, where the Spanish treasure ship ‘San Jose’ sank 300 years ago. Thanks to this, the treasure carried on the ship also appeared.

Colombian President Ivan Duque announced on the 6th (local time) that the Colombian Navy discovered the wreckage of two nearby ships while inspecting the sunken San Jose off the coast of Cartagena with underwater equipment.

One of these ships is from the former Spanish colonies, and the rest are believed to date from the 19th century, after Colombia declared independence, Duque explained.

Debris found near the sinking Spanish sailing ship ‘San Jose’ unveiled by the Colombian Navy on the 6th (local time). AFP Federation

The Colombian Navy released images of the area around the wreckage of Lake San Jose, 900 meters below the sea level, through a camera-equipped underwater device. In this video, gold coins, pottery, and old cannons submerged in the sea were captured relatively clearly. It is said to be the clearest and most detailed picture of San Jose that has been released so far.

San Jose, whose location was confirmed in 2015, belonged to the fleet of King Philip V of Spain and sank off the coast of Cartagena in June 1708 during a battle with the British fleet.

At that time, the ship was loaded with treasures that had been collected for six years in Bolivia and Peru, the Spanish colonies, to deliver to King Felipe. It is said to have weighed 200 tons of gold, silver, and emeralds.

Debris found near the sinking Spanish sailing ship ‘San Jose’ unveiled by the Colombian Navy on the 6th (local time). AFP Federation

The present value of these treasures is estimated at up to $17 billion (about 21.35 trillion won). This has led to fierce disputes over ownership since 2015, when the exact location of the ship was confirmed. Even now, Colombia, the site of the sinking, Spain, the owner of the ship, Bolivia, the source of the treasure, and a private salvage company each claim ownership.

Colombia claims that San Jose, which sank in its territorial waters, is its heritage and plans to display the salvage wreckage and treasure in Cartagena.




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