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November 2, 2011

Florida’s Golden Galleons – The Search for the 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet

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Florida’s Golden Galleons – The Search for the 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet

On July 24, 1715, a Spanish treasure fleet sailed from Havana, carrying a cargo of 14 million pesos in gold, silver and jewels. In the Florida Straits, near present-day Cape Canaveral, the fleet ran into a hurricane, with the disastrous loss of ten ships and 700 lives. Little was salvaged at the time. For more than two centuries, sand and sea held their secrets well. Occasionally, however, tides and storms tossed blackened silver coins up on the beaches, tempting would-be treasure hunters. A

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