Of the coast of Vero Beach, FL sat a handsome treasure for the past three hundred years. In 1715 11 ships left Havana, Cuba for Spain caring gold coins. Never to be heard from again until now. The inquisitor reported that in late July Florida divers found $4.5 million dollars of lost treasure.
William Bartlett found the treasure on the anniversary of the shipwreck. The ships where supposedly sunk during a hurricane July 31, 1715. According to NewMax.com, the diver was literarily 10 to 15 feet from the beach in 2 to 3 feet of water. Hard to believe that such a treasure has been so close yet undiscovered for 300 years. Bartlett says that for treasure hunters like himself such a discovery is equivalent to winning an Olympic gold medal.
According to NewsNextbd.com, over a thousand people died as a result of the shipwreck.
The reason behind the $4.5 million dollar price tag are gold coins called Royals. Bartlett and his crew discovered nine of these coins appraised for approximately $300,000 each. Bartlett and his crew will get to keep some of the booty they unearthed according to inquisitor.com
This is not the first time the area has been searched for treasure back in the 1960s Dr. E. Lee Spence a renewed archeologist also believed that Vero Beach had a pricy secret.