spain lays out silver won from us treasurehunters
Last Updated : GMT 23:10:07
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Spain lays out silver won from US treasure-hunters

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Spain lays out silver won from US treasure-hunters

Spain's Prince Felipe and his wife
Madrid - AFP

Spain has proudly put on show tens of thousands of silver coins from a 19th-century shipwreck that it won back in court from US treasure hunters.
The country's soon-to-be king, Felipe, and future queen Letizia on Thursday launched the exhibition in central Madrid celebrating the return of the sunken treasure to Spain.
They viewed treasures and documents that tell the story of how British warships blew up the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, sending its precious cargo to the bottom of the sea.
The highlight of the show, in the basement of Madrid's recently reopened National Archaeological Museum, is a glass case containing heaps of more than 30,000 tarnished silver coins.
The cargo came to Spain in 2012 after a five-year legal battle with Odyssey, the US company that hauled it up two centuries after it sank.
"It's emotional," said James Goold, a US lawyer who fought Spain's case in the courts. "To get it back to Spain says to me: 'Mission accomplished'."
- Sea battle, treasure hunt -
On October 5, 1804, the Mercedes was nearing the coast of Spain on its way from Peru, part of the Spanish empire at the time.
Spain and France had signed a peace treaty with Britain in 1802 but that soon broke down.
British ships thought the Mercedes was carrying treasure bound for Napoleon's coffers.
They fired cannons at the Mercedes, blowing up its powder kegs and sinking it -- a moment captured in a contemporary oil painting in the exhibition.
The attack, known as the Battle of Cape Santa Maria, led Spain to declare war on Britain and re-enter the Napoleonic Wars.
In May 2007, deep-sea search specialists Odyssey Marine Exploration found the wreck at a depth of 1,700 feet (518 meters) in the Atlantic.
Spanish authorities said at the time that the trove was worth at least 350 million euros ($474 million) overall. It is thought to be the most valuable sunken treasure discovery in history.
Odyssey challenged Spain's sovereign claim to the cargo and said the wreck lay in international waters. Peru and descendants of the treasure's original owners also claimed it.
But a judge in Florida ruled in March 2012 that the trove belonged to Spain. The US Supreme Court turned down a final appeal by Odyssey in May 2012.
- Winning the battle -
The 30,000 coins on show in Madrid are just a fraction of the estimated 580,000 found in the wreck.
Most of those on show have been cleaned and are laid out in a glass case, but some are displayed just as they were found, lumped together with mud.
Some 8,000 other coins from the ship went on show last month at the Museum of Subaquatic Archaeology in the southeastern Spanish city of Cartagena.
A third exhibition also opened on Thursday in Madrid's Naval Museum, telling the story of the battle and the Mercedes.
More than just a pile of treasure, the winning of the lost cargo was a point of pride for Spain.
One of the organisers of the new exhibition, Manuel Mortari, hoped it would "serve as a precedent and make people aware of the importance of heritage".
"A big battle has been won," he told AFP. "It is like winning a World Cup -- it raises the country's self-esteem."
The future king and queen shook hands with youngsters gathered to greet them at the museum, smiling and chatting with them before going down to view the treasure.
Felipe, 46, is to be sworn in as king on Thursday, replacing his father Juan Carlos, 76, who is abdicating after 38 years on the throne.

 

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

spain lays out silver won from us treasurehunters spain lays out silver won from us treasurehunters

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

spain lays out silver won from us treasurehunters spain lays out silver won from us treasurehunters

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Jordanian woman reveals her project

GMT 00:46 2017 Saturday ,11 November

Jordanian woman reveals her project
Arab Today, arab today Visit Jamaica for more than just sun

GMT 09:45 2017 Tuesday ,21 November

Visit Jamaica for more than just sun
Arab Today, arab today Keep kids busy at Thanksgiving gatherings

GMT 11:14 2017 Friday ,10 November

Keep kids busy at Thanksgiving gatherings
Arab Today, arab today UN warns of conflict in Gaza

GMT 08:39 2017 Tuesday ,21 November

UN warns of conflict in Gaza
Arab Today, arab today Missouri problem mirrors woes

GMT 06:46 2017 Tuesday ,21 November

Missouri problem mirrors woes
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Australian academic's book pulled

GMT 15:20 2017 Monday ,13 November

Australian academic's book pulled
Arab Today, arab today May under Brexit pressure at EU reform summit

GMT 02:14 2017 Saturday ,18 November

May under Brexit pressure at EU reform summit
Arab Today, arab today Delhi half-marathon to go ahead

GMT 03:51 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Delhi half-marathon to go ahead
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today VW says will invest over 34bn euros

GMT 07:19 2017 Tuesday ,21 November

VW says will invest over 34bn euros
Arab Today, arab today Driverless, electric future just round

GMT 02:45 2017 Monday ,20 November

Driverless, electric future just round
Arab Today, arab today Fedra happy for “Between Two Worlds” success

GMT 09:23 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Fedra happy for “Between Two Worlds” success
Arab Today, arab today paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 16:04 2017 Friday ,17 November

paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 12:15 2017 Friday ,17 November

Mona Abdel Ghany increased artistic activities

GMT 11:15 2017 Thursday ,16 November

Angola oil boss sacked by father's protege

GMT 18:41 2017 Friday ,20 October

Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation

GMT 11:38 2017 Wednesday ,15 November

Unloved vultures fight for their survival

GMT 11:49 2017 Thursday ,17 August

Egyptian artist presents new collection of designs

GMT 00:54 2017 Monday ,20 November

Mideast in danger as London explores

GMT 03:12 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Prince's vision spurs new Cornwall village

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday