Is a $17 billion fortune at the bottom of the sea?

(LaPresse) The wreck of a Spanish galleon, the San José, sunk more than 300 years ago with its cargo of gold and weapons was discovered on the bottom of the sea off the coast of Colombia. The Colombian Navy has released images of the artifacts found scattered near the boat, among which there appear to be coins, cannons and bottles.

The exact location of the wreck of the San José, often referred to as the “Holy Grail of shipwrecks,” has long been considered one of the most enduring maritime mysteries in history. The three-masted, 62-gun galleon sank on June 8, 1708, with 600 people aboard and a treasure trove of gold, silver and emeralds, during a battle with English ships in the War of the Spanish Succession. The treasury – the subject of legal battles between several nations and private companies – is worth $ 17 billion by modern standards.

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