We are no strangers to shipwrecks, but this isn’t a story from The Pirates of the Caribbean or One Piece, Columbian Army. This covered two newly discovered shipwrecks from near the coast of Columbia, a colonial boat and a schooner are thought to be from the period of Colombia’s war for independence from Spain.
“We now have two other discoveries in the same area, that show other options for archaeological exploration, so the work is just beginning.” navy commander Admiral Gabriel Pérez said talking about the newly discovered shipwrecks.
The newly discovered shipwrecks were found during the army’s mission to revive the previously found shipwreck, the San José galleon. The 64-gun galleon with 600 people aboard, under the flagship of King Philip V of Spain, was sunk in 1708 during the War of the Spanish Succession by the British Royal navy. It was not found for three centuries until 215, when its resting place was found near the port of Cartagena on Colombia’s coast by the Colombian navy.
The location of the ship, thought of as one of the most valuable treasures ever lost at sea, with contents estimated at more than 17 billion dollars, is top-secret and, currently, the Columbian Army is guarding the wreckage. The Colombian government released clearer footage of the treasurers on the ship last week and announced the discovery of two more ships nearby.
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The government wishes to increase the country’s finance when the treasures are revived. The footage, which shows gold coins, cannons made in Seville in 1655, and intact porcelain cups scattered on the seafloor, was taken using a remotely operated vehicle sent 3100 feet deep under the Caribbean Sea.
Military archaeologists are currently studying to revive and find the origins of the plates based on inscriptions found.
A legal battle is ongoing with Spain, Colombia, an American company, and a Bolivian Indigenous group all claiming ownership of the ship.
The two newly discovered shipwrecks are yet to be identified.