San José ship sank off Cartagena in 1708 after being attacked by English pirates


THE Colombia revealed this Wednesday, 8, unpublished images of the galleon San José, which sank three centuries ago in the caribbean carrying a great treasure. The ship belonged to the Spanish crown and sank off Cartagena in 1708 after being attacked by English pirates. The ship is believed to have transported riches valued at millions of euros. Admiral Gabriel Pérez, commander of the Navy, assured that the treasure has not been looted or altered since it was discovered in 2015. gold, flowered vessels, swords, cannons and gold coins.

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Gold coins are among the treasures discovered at the bottom of the Colombian sea

San José was declared in 2020 by Colombia as an indivisible cultural asset of the nation. On his Twitter, the Colombian president spoke about the unpublished images. “Thanks to the technological equipment and the work of the Navy, we were able to achieve a level of precision never seen before of the Galeão San José, keeping this heritage of humanity intact and protecting it for later extraction,” he wrote. The exploration was carried out with a remotely operated observation vehicle. On the seabed, part of the ship’s bow can also be distinguished, wrapped in seaweed and shells.
The flagship Galeão San José was sunk by an English cannon shot during the Battle of Baru, in 1708, according to chronicles of the time, which gave an account of its valuable cargo.

*With information from AFP

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