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UNDERWATER TREASURES By Clemente Atia

(Part III)

The sound of the guns of the Morro Castle in Havana, Cuba, shook the walls of the city as a farewell to the fleet which sailed laden with treasure to Spain. It was July 24, 1715. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean King Philip V was anxiously awaiting the precious cargo. Thirteen years of war in Spain had drowned in debt, their power was at stake, the last supply of gold, silver and precious stones from the New World had arrived four years ago. The treasure fleet as it was called should have started long before that July 24, perhaps earlier in the year or no later than early spring, away from the season of heavy storms and hurricanes in summer, but the late arrival of goods from Colombia and Panama and disadvantages in repairs delayed her departure. Twelve ships laden with unimaginable amounts of gold and silver, exceeding up to double and more than reflected in the inventories and records, sailed northward and gradually disappeared from the horizon Havana.

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