Sunken jewels, buried treasure uncovered in the Bahamas from iconic 17th century Spanish shipwreck

A treasure trove of jewels, medallions and historic artifacts has been uncovered in the Bahamas that date back to the legendary 17th century Maravillas shipwreck — and the public is about to get a look at it.

Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas (Our Lady of Wonders), a two-deck Spanish galleon, sank on Jan. 4, 1656, off the Little Bahama Bank in the northern Bahamas on a trip to Seville from Cuba.

It had been carrying numerous treasures of both royal tax and private property.

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The 891-ton ship went down after colliding with its fleet flagship.

It struck a reef 30 minutes later — and ultimately sank.

An illustration of the Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas Spanish galleon, which sank in 1656.

An illustration of the Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas Spanish galleon, which sank in 1656. (Allen Exploration)

The remains of the vessel were scattered for several miles across the ocean, with no significant portion of the ship left behind.

Per più di 360 anni, archeologists and adventurers have attempted to locate the debris that was lost in the wreckage.

And while much of the treasure — an estimated 3.5 milioni di pezzi, out of eight — was salvaged between 1656 and the early 1990s, modern-day technology such as high-resolution magnetometers, enhanced GPS and metal detecting has allowed Allen Exploration to bring to the surface riches beyond one’s imagination.

An explorer holds a gold coin found in the Bahamas as an Allen Exploration boat can be seen in the distance.

An explorer holds a gold coin found in the Bahamas as an Allen Exploration boat can be seen in the distance. (Brendan Chavez/Allen Exploration)

In un'intervista a Fox News Digital, Allen Exploration founder Carl Allen said that he and his team began pulling up precious artifacts in July 2020 near Walker’s Cay.

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High-tech tools, plus the official permission they were granted by the Bahamanian government to search the Northern Bahamas area — known to be a wreckage hotspot — have made forquite amazingdiscoveries, the entrepreneur said.

We’ve recovered thousands of artifacts,” Egli ha detto.

An Allen Exploration fleet is shown in the waters of the Bahamas.

An Allen Exploration fleet is shown in the waters of the Bahamas. (Brendan Chavez/Allen Exploration)

Cannons, ancore, emeralds and amethysts … We’re up to about 3,000 silver coins and 25 gold coins,” Egli ha detto.

The water in the area only reaches up to 50 piedi profondi, while the sand can bury treasures down to 20 piedi, he revealed.

Yet that didn’t stop Allen from proving his doubters wrong and discovering treasures that took his breath away.

Allen Exploration founder Carl Allen, shown with his wife, Gigi, holds up an amethyst found at a wreckage site in the Bahamas.

Allen Exploration founder Carl Allen, shown with his wife, Gigi, holds up an amethyst found at a wreckage site in the Bahamas. (Matthew Rissell/Allen Exploration )

When I pulled up the first valuable item, I lost my breath,” Egli ha detto. “I couldn’t breathe.

I’ve been thinking about this my whole life.

The fascinating finds also include Spanish olive jars, Chinese porcelain and iron rigging, according to an AllenX press release.

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The team also discovered a silver sword handle belonging to the soldier Don Martin de Aranda y Gusmán; the item helped the teams identify these treasures as belonging to the sunken Maravillas.

One golden pendant with the Cross of Santiago was designed in the shape of a scallop shell.

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