317-year-old vessel discovered near Caribbean coast with legendary trove of treasures

Navy force and scientists recently discovered a 317-year-old ship with a huge trove of treasures inside under the Caribbean, the Colombian government confirmed in Bogota on December 5.

Galleon San Jose, a Spanish boat built in 1698, sank near the city of Cartagena in 1708 after an attack by British fleet en route from Panama to the Caribbean coast.

(Soundbite) Juan Manuel Santos, Colombian President
“Scientific research has been done through mapping, meteorological and historical studies, with the latest technology available in the world today. It is unprecedented in Colombia.”

As legends had it, the boat was loaded with emeralds, silver bars, billion of coins and thousands of gold bullions.

The Ministry of Culture of Colombia and the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History will be responsible for excavation of the wreckage.

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