Treasures of the Spanish Main: Shipwrecked Galleons in the New World

Overview

This is a story about the lust for gold and treasure," Fine writes. In the 1600s and 1700s, Spain dominated the oceans with its fleet of galleons. Coming to the New World, these ships filled their holds with gold and silver and treasures beyond imagining. The seaway between Spain and the New World was dubbed The Golden Highway. On their journeys back across the seas, many were wrecked on reefs or destroyed by hurricanes. The watery depths now hold their treasures. Today, treasure divers seek their fortunes by ...

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Overview

This is a story about the lust for gold and treasure," Fine writes. In the 1600s and 1700s, Spain dominated the oceans with its fleet of galleons. Coming to the New World, these ships filled their holds with gold and silver and treasures beyond imagining. The seaway between Spain and the New World was dubbed The Golden Highway. On their journeys back across the seas, many were wrecked on reefs or destroyed by hurricanes. The watery depths now hold their treasures. Today, treasure divers seek their fortunes by attempting—sometimes successfully, sometimes fatally—to retrieve these hordes of riches. In Treasures of the Spanish Main, readers relive each voyage of long ago as well as witness the modern wreck diver's efforts to extract their secrets.

Included are:

The 1622 fleet
• The Concepcion
• The Maravillas
• The Shipwreck off Jupiter Beach
• The San Jose
• the 1715 Fleet
• and the 1733 Fleet

The voyages of centuries ago come alive with Fine's excellent historical detail. Readers will experience the wild storms and the results of unfortunate choices made by long-ago sailors. The eccentric treasure hunters of today, along with those of the past, create a mosaic of suspense and drama on the high seas.

A must for everyone interested in pirates, treasure, sailing, history, or just plain fun.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592287604
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,236,841
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Christopher Fine is a marine biologist with a doctor of jurisprudence degree. He is the author of fifteen books, including award-winning books dealing with ocean pollution. He is a liaison officer of the United Nations Environment Programme and the Confederation Mondiale for ocean matters. He is a member of the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences in honor of his books in the field of education. He has received international recognition for his pioneering work investigating toxic waste contamination of our land and water resources.

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Table of Contents

1. The Golden Highway
2. The 1622 Fleet
3. The Concepcion
4. The Maravillas
5. The Shipwreck Off Jupiter Beach
6. The San Jose
7. The 1715 Fleet
8. The 1733 Fleet
Bibliography

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