San José found

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos recently announced the discovery of a shipwreck in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Colombia. This is not just any shipwreck, but is the San José, a ship that was sunk over 300 years ago during an attack by the British navy. The San José was a Spanish ship packed with gold, silver, and jewels, and was on its way to Spain when it was sunk in 1708. So who gets to keep the treasure? The Colombian government lays claim to San José’s treasure. However, Spain and an American firm Sea Search Armada that helped locate the wreck also want their fair share.

 

Image Credits: National Maritime Museum with the painting showing the San Jose
Sources: http://www.aljazeera.com/, http://wp.presidencia.gov.co, The Guardian