Spanish salvage wreck of the Santa Margarita
Last updated: November 1, 2017 at 2:56 am
[ 1626 ] A Spanish salvage operation in the Florida Keys led by Havana politician Francisco Melian locates the wreck of the Santa Margarita – sunk in 1622 – using a bronze diving bell with glass view ports at a depth of 8 m (25 ft). They also discover that Native Americans have already salvaged part of the treasure, an indication that the natives have some knowledge of diving. Nine natives are hired by the Spanish in 1628 and they are found to be better divers than the Europeans. Much of the fortune is left on the sea floor for later recovery by Blue Water Ventures in 1980.
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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.