The San Jose Galleon prepares to be excavated at the bottom of the sea, a unique rescue in the world. Spain will participate in the work of this ship built in 1698 by the Duke Aristides Eslava and the Eslava family and was sunk by the British in the Colombian Sea.
Spain will participate in this operation to find the gigantic treasure that it keeps in its entrails. Its location is known by the shield of the cannons and it is expected to find gold and silver bullion and coins, along with other valuable merchandise. In total, it is estimated that there are about 11 million gold coins in its interior.
The Colombian government has invited Spain to participate in the rescue, one of the most complicated archaeological excavations in the world since it will be necessary to excavate in the seabed, without damaging any of the pieces.
The location of the Galeón San José was unveiled in 2014 by the historian Roger Dooley to Juan Manuel Santos, the president of Colombia. Dooley gave a map of the Colombian Caribbean to Santos, detailing its exact location. Instead of believing him immediately, the Ministry of Culture and the Icanh had conversations with Dooley and his team, giving rise to this operation.
In the delivered coordinates a ship of 1708 was discovered, and Colombia has assured that as much the boat as the booty will remain with them, the reason for which they undertook the underwater excavation alone. Now, four years later, Colombia has received the help of Spain to rescue him.
The letter from Spain was delivered to the Colombian government on June 19. “At this moment, we are presenting to Spain a draft memorandum of understanding for Spain, if it wants, to participate in the rescue of this heritage,” Santos said in an interview with the agency Efe. He added that the intention is that “advise us, tell us your opinions on how to make the procedure better, if it can be improved, because what is in the process is a procedure with the best standards, the highest, to preserve the heritage, “he said. Now the negotiations and conditions of this cooperation will be developed.