Exquisite treasure trove of gold and jewels from a 17th-century Spanish galleon shipwreck discovered in the Bahamas

Objects found at Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas

Items found in the wreck of Nuestra Señora de las MaravillasBrendan Chavez

  • Treasures have been found in the shipwreck of the Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas in the Bahamas.

  • The trove included silver bars, a five-foot gold chain, emeralds and pearls.

  • The Bahamas Maritime Museum opens to display the finds.

A treasure chest has been discovered in the wreck of the 17th-century Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas (Our Lady of Wonders) in the Bahamas.

The glittering finds include solid silver bars, a 5-foot, 9-inch long gold chain, intact pottery, a gold and emerald pendant, a pearl ring, two glass wine bottles and a silver sword hero of the soldier Don Martin de Aranda y Gusmán.

The findings are about to be displayed at the new Bahamas Maritime Museum, created by the Government of the Bahamas, and Carl Allen, entrepreneur, explorer, philanthropist and the founder of Allen Exploration, whose team uncovered the findings.

A 5-foot, 9-inch long gold chain found in the shipwreck of the Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas.

A 5-foot, 9-inch long gold chain found in the shipwreck of the Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas.Nathaniel Harrington

“When we picked up the oval emerald and gold pendant, it took our breath away. How these tiny pendants survived in this harsh water, and how we were able to find them, is the miracle of the Maravillas,” Allen said in a press release. release sent to Insider.

Allen Explorations discovered the treasures strewn along an eight-mile stretch of the ocean floor.

Explorers delve into the remains of Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas

Explorers delve into the remains of Nuestra Señora de las MaravillasChad Bagwell

In the statement, Allen spoke of the “tough history” of the wreck, saying it had been “heavily salvaged by Spanish, English, French, Dutch, Bahamian and American expeditions in the 17th and 18th centuries, and was confused by salvagers from 1970 -century to the early 1990s. Some say the remains were ground to dust.”

He also added that “The ocean floor is barren,” that “the colorful coral that divers remembered from the 70s is gone, poisoned by ocean acidification and suffocated by yards of shifting sand. It’s painfully sad. Still lying on the dead gray reefs, but there are sparkling finds.”

“The ship may have been obliterated by past salvage and hurricanes. But we’re convinced there are more stories out there,” said project marine archaeologist James Sinclair.

An emerald pendant found in the remains of Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas

An emerald pendant found in the remains of Nuestra Señora de las MaravillasNathaniel Harrington

The new Bahamas Maritime Museum opens on August 8.

“For a nation built from the sea, it is astonishing how little is understood about the Bahamas’ maritime connections,” said Dr. Michael Pateman, director of the Bahamas Maritime Museum, in the press release.

“Few know that the indigenous people of Lucaya, for example, settled here 1,300 years ago. Or that the entire population, up to 50,000 people, was forced out by Spanish arms, forced to dive for pearls off Venezuela and killed in less than three several decades. There was dazzling culture in the Old World in the Bahamas. Lucayane, slave trade, pirates and the Maravillas are core stories we share in the museum.”

Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas

Nuestra Señora de las MaravillasAllen Exploration

About the ship

According to the Bahamas Maritime Museum, the 17th-century Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas was a two-deck Spanish galleon that sank on a voyage from America to Spain carrying treasure, both royal treasure and private property.

The ship sank off the Little Bahama Bank on January 4, 1656, following a navigational error. Of the 650 on board, only 45 survived.

The wreckage was quickly moved after the ship sank, and for centuries people have tried their luck to find some of the sunken riches.

Explorer Robert Marx rediscovered the remains in 1972, and salvaged some of what was left. Further remains were recovered by Herbert Humphreys between 1986 and the early 1990s

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