On July 23, 1641, the “Nuestra Senora De La Pura Y Limpia Concepcion” set sail from Vera Cruz, Mexico in a flota of 30 ships. While going thruthe Florida Straits, the fleet was caught in a hurricane which scattered and sank most of the ships. Severely damaged, the Concepcion headed for Puerto Rico but miscalculated the course and rammed into the Abrojos Reef, near Hispaniola, now the Domincan Republic. Repeated recovery efforts by the Spanish over a few decades were unsuccessful. In 1687 successful Indian divers recovered over 60,000 pounds of Spanish reales and silver bars. In 1978 the ship was rediscovered and has yielded a magnificent treasure consisting of precious reales, gold artifacts and other priceless items from that era.

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