Where is the lost treasure of Santissima Concepcion?
Santissima Concepcion was a 700-ton galleon that was
commonly referred to as El Grande. In 1683, this galleon headed for Spain with
commander Admiral Manual Ortiz Arosemena at the helm with treasures that was
loaded at Porto Bello, Panama; Cartagena, Columbia; Veracruz, Mexico and stopped
over at Havana.
Some just below the Cape a hurricane totally
destroyed the ship. There were 500 people on board and only 4 made it to shore
to St. Augustine, Florida.
Aboard the Santissima Conception besides the 500
individuals was over 1,800,000 pesos in treasure. This treasure consisted mainly
of silver bullion and specie. Gold aboard the ship weighed around 1,500 pounds.
Many believe however, that there was more gold than that since gold was one of
the most common object that was smuggled during this time. Not only was there
gold and silver but there was 77 chests of pearls, 217 chests of “goods from the
Orient”, 49 chests of emeralds, and of course any valuables from passengers.
Many people have searched for the Santissima
Concepcion from the time of the hurricane until 1701 and the only remains that
ever came to shore after the disaster was a chest of clothing, which also
carried “1,500 pesos in unregistered gold jewelry”. This chest was found by
soldiers shortly after the ship was lost. Many people believe this treasure is
still out there south of Key Biscayne just off the Fowey Rocks.
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