For everyone who has dreamed of discovering a treasure chest of gold, silver and gemstones – perhaps the loot of a swashbuckling pirate of the Caribbean – take heart because this is the real thing.
Laden with over two years of accumulated treasure, a twelve-ship Spanish convoy left Cuba to return to Spain on July 24, 1715. A few days out of Cuba, while off the east coast of Florida, a hurricane bore down on the convoy and sunk eleven of the ships. Hundreds of crew and passengers lost their lives and millions of gold and silver Cobs, Ingots and other treasure were scattered many miles apart.
More than half of the treasure was salvaged by the Spaniards, but the rest remained undisturbed on the ocean floor for 250 years.