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  1. Mauro says:

    There are many…
    … stories of sunken ships from the Armada carrying fantastic treasures in the British Isles. While it’s sure that many ships were lost while trying to find their way home the treasures are most likely more imaginary than real. The popular rich Spanish galleon, ladden with silver and gold, was only to be found in the treasure fleets coming home from Cuba after gathering the riches of the New World for the spendthrift Spanish kings.
    My personal opinion is that these legends are most likely the product of people from such remote and (at the time) poor areas being impressed by the Spaniards’ relative wealth or come from a later era when "treasure hunting" became a popular idea.

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  2. Daniel Parkinson says:

    I would agree with that, the
    I would agree with that, the allure of hidden gold creates its own legends: Eldorado, Nazi gold etc. But then finding one of these wrecks would probably make quite a big story and be historically a great find although it is doubtfull there would be much left(although gold would survive!). The story from Portencross seems to be quite old and probably worth deeper research.

  3. Mauro says:

    A Spanish galleon, named
    A Spanish galleon, named Duque de Florencia or San Juan de Sicilia, blew up  in Tobermory Bay, Isle of Mull. According to documents it was destroyed by an English spy slipping on board and setting fire to the powder magazine. A number of artifacts recovered in the area (cannons, ballast etc) confirms a Spanish ship sunk there but no trace of treasure was ever found. Yet the legend of "Spanish gold" lives on.
    A Spanish galley, named La Girona, was shipwrecked in County Antrim with great loss of life, in the locality now called Port Na Spaniagh for obvious reasons. Most of items recovered are now in the Northern Ireland National Museum. Legends about a fabolous treasure were found to be partially true when hundreds of gold coins and numerous jewels were were found by diver Robert Stenuit and his friends.

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