Spanish armada sets sail to claim deep-sea treasure

07 Oct 2010 1:52 PM | Anonymous

Spanish armada sets sail to claim deep-sea treasure

Gulf of Cádiz race by Spain's navy to lay claim to hundreds of wrecks before US firm Odyssey can get there

Giles Tremlett, Wednesday 6 October 2010 18.29 BST

Spain has sent an armada into waters around its coasts to seek out hundreds of shipwrecks in an attempt to head off a US marine exploration firm accused of plundering Spanish property from the seabed.

Over the past month, more than 100 suspected shipwrecks have been located by the Spanish navy in the Gulf of Cádiz, considered one of the world's richest hunting grounds for underwater treasure.

Dozens of Spanish galleons returning from the colonies in South America in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries are believed to have sunk in waters around Cádiz.

Royal Navy warships and other British vessels may also be among the
wrecks the Spanish navy says it has located.

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