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Colombia Says Treasure-Laden San Jose Galleon Found

From the British Broadcasting Corp., London
Saturday, December 5, 2015

The wreck of a Spanish ship laden with treasure that was sunk by the British more than 300 years ago has been found, says Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

"Great news! We have found the San Jose galleon," the president tweeted.

The wreck was discovered near the port city of Cartagena.
It has been described as the holy grail of shipwrecks, as the ship was carrying one of the largest amounts of valuables ever to have been lost at sea.

Santos said the cargo was worth at least $1 billion (L662 million).

The San Jose was carrying gold, silver, gems, and jewellery collected in the South American colonies to be shipped to Spain's king to help finance his war of succession against the British when it was sunk in June 1708.

The vessel was attacked by a British warship just outside Cartagena.

Colombian officials would not reveal the precise location of the wreck, but Santos said the find "constitutes one of the greatest -- if not the biggest, as some say -- discoveries of submerged patrimony in the history of mankind".

He said a museum would be built in Cartagena to house the ship's treasures. ...

... For the remainder of the report:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35014600



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