Colombia finds galleon ‘holy grail’

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President Juan Manuel Santos described a find as “one of a biggest in history”

The mutilate of a Spanish boat brimful with value that was sunk by a British some-more than 300 years ago has been found off a Colombian coast, says President Juan Manuel Santos.

“Great news! We have found a San Jose galleon,” the boss tweeted.

The mutilate was detected nearby a pier city of Cartagena.

It has been described as a holy grail of shipwrecks, as a boat was carrying one of a largest amounts of valuables ever to have been mislaid during sea.

Mr Santos pronounced a load was value during slightest $1bn (£662m).

The San Jose was carrying gold, silver, gems and trinket collected in a South American colonies to be shipped to Spain’s aristocrat to assistance financial his fight of period opposite a British when it was sunk in Jun 1708.

The vessel was pounded by a British warship only outward Cartagena.

Colombian officials would not exhibit a accurate plcae of a wreck, though Mr Santos pronounced a find “constitutes one of a biggest – if not a biggest, as some contend – discoveries of submerged inheritance in a story of mankind”.

He pronounced that a museum would be built in Cartagena to residence a ship’s treasures.

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The mutilate was detected final week

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The San Jose was sunk during complicated fighting with a British in 1708 off a seashore of Cartagena

Ownership of a mutilate has been a theme of a long-running authorised row.

The Colombian supervision did not discuss a long-running argue with US-based deliver association Sea Search Armada (SSA) over claims to a treasure.

A organisation now owned by SSA pronounced in 1981 that it had located a area in that a boat sank.

SSA has been claiming billions of dollars for crack of agreement from a Colombian government, though in 2011 an American justice ruled that a galleon was a skill of a Colombian state.

The San Jose

  • English Commodore Charles Wager tracked down a treasure-laden boat 25km (16 miles) off Cartagena and it sank in 300m (1,000ft) of water
  • In a fighting a vessel was reported to have exploded, with many of a organisation killed
  • The mutilate is reported to tumble within the UN’s clarification of an underwater informative birthright site
  • It is estimated that a San Jose is one of some-more than 1,000 galleons and businessman ships that sank along Colombia’s coral reefs during some-more than 3 centuries of colonial rule