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AI image of a shipwreck at the bottom of the ocean. Source:  Outlier Artifacts/Adobe Stock

Sunken Treasures: The Shipwreck of the Maravillas (Video)


The recovery of a 350-year-old shipwreck in the Bahamas has unveiled a captivating tale of the Maravillas, a Spanish treasure galleon lost in the treacherous waters. This scientific expedition, officially sanctioned by the Bahamian government, marks a departure from centuries of opportunistic treasure hunting.

Built in 1647, the Maravillas was no ordinary vessel, boasting two decks, 36 bronze cannons, and a devotional oil painting on its stern. Laden with New World treasures, it was part of Spain's annual fleet. The recent findings, meticulously documented by the Allen Exploration team after being granted a survey license by the Government of the Bahamas, offer a glimpse into 17th-century Spain.

From silver coins to Chinese porcelain, the artifacts reflect the cultural and trade connections of the time. Notably, a two-pound, six-foot golden chain, potentially worn by King Philip IV, hints at the wealth aboard. Allen Explorations’ commitment to display these treasures in the Bahamas Maritime Museum underscores a shift away from the questionable practices of previous treasure hunters. The Maravillas' saga, from wreck to recovery, resonates as a testament to both historical exploration and the ongoing preservation of maritime heritage.

Top image: AI image of a shipwreck at the bottom of the ocean. Source:  Outlier Artifacts/Adobe Stock

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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