Video- A coincidence reveals a "treasure worth billions of dollars" at the bottom of the sea

8 June, 2022
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Video- A coincidence reveals a "treasure worth billions of dollars" at the bottom of the sea

Colombian Navy officials have discovered the wrecks of two historic ships during a surveillance operation of the long-sinked dhow San Jose in the Caribbean Sea, Colombian President Ivan Duque announced Monday.

San Jose, believed by historians to hold a treasure worth billions of dollars, sank in 1708 near the Caribbean port of Cartagena in Colombia.

"The remote-controlled vehicle has reached a depth of 900 meters underwater, allowing new videos of the wreck to be captured," Duque and naval officials said in a video statement. The statement added: "The vehicle also discovered two other wrecks nearby, one of which is a colonial-era boat and the other of a sailing ship believed to date from approximately the same period, which witnessed Colombia's war for independence from Spain nearly 200 years ago."

"We now have two other finds in the same area that show other options in terms of archaeological excavation, so the work is still in its infancy," said Colombian Navy Commander Admiral Gabriel Perry.

These are the best images yet of the treasure aboard the San Jose, including gold bars, coins, cannons made in Seville in 1655, and an intact china dining set.


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