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


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This is a story about the lust for gold and treasure,” writes John Christopher Fine. In the 1600s and 1700s, Spain dominated the oceans with its fleet of galleons. Coming from the New World, these ships filled their holds with gold, 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 ships 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 hoards of riches. In Treasures of the Spanish Main, readers relive each voyage of long ago as well as witness the modern wreck divers efforts to extract its secrets.

Included are:

The 1622 fleet

The Concepcion

The Maravillas

The shipwreck off Jupiter Beach

The San Jose

The 1715 fleet

The 1733 fleet

The voyages of centuries long past come alive with Fines excellent historical detail. The treasure hunters of today—from Mel Fisher to Bob Weller—along with those of the past, create a mosaic of suspense and drama on the high seas and on the ocean floor.

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


A fascinating account of shipwrecks and the harrowing attempts to recover their sunken treasure

About 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.

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


Product Details

Fine, John Christopher
Lyons Press
Maritime History
General History
Spanish Main.
Shipwrecks - Spanish Main
Nautical-Ships and Ship History
World History-General
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Trade Cloth
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full color throughout
11 x 8.5 in

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