Buried treasure from 17th-century Spanish shipwreck uncovered in the Bahamas

Sunken treasure from a 17th-century Spanish shipwreck was uncovered in the Bahamas.


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.


The 891-ton ship went down after colliding with its fleet flagship. It struck a reef 30 minutes later — and ultimately sank.


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

Allen Exploration utilized modern technology to unearth the treasure.

Three gold chains were retrieved.

Four pendants worn by the sacred Order of Santiago were recovered.

The treasures are worth millions of dollars.

The Maravillas was a tremendous blow to Spain.

Allen Exploration founder Carl Allen says he expects more treasures to be found.