The discovery of the New World brought unexpected fortunes for the conquerors of the continent. Silver and gold practically flowed into Europe. As fleets of ships loaded with precious metals navigated the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, there were times when Mother Nature chose to show her less flattering side, separating the valuable cargo from its owners. When the wreck of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha was discovered, it yielded one of the greatest findings of modern treasure-hunting.
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