Colombia opens bids to retrieve 18th century sunken treasure

Colombia opens bids to retrieve 18th century sunken treasureColombia on Friday opens bidding for investors willing to retrieve billions of dollars in gold and silver from an 18th century ship wreck off the country’s Caribbean coast. The Spanish galleon “San Jose” was the main ship in a fleet carrying gold and silver — likely extracted from Spanish colonial mines in Peru and Bolivia — and other valuables back to King Philip V. President Juan Manuel Santos wants to form a public-private partnership to retrieve the shipwreck items, and build a museum for the recovered pieces and a laboratory to study and conserve the material.



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