July 31, 1715 Hurricane

On this date in 1715, a massive hurricane struck Florida’s Treasure Coast, sank ten ships carrying Spanish treasure, and killed more than 1,000 sailors.  That is how the Treasure Coast got its name.

Democrats would have prevented this tragedy with an 85% carbon tax on the gold.

300-year-old treasure from famous shipwreck found in Florida waters – CBS News

25 Mar 1967, 29 – The Record at Newspapers.com

The Spanish Camp Site and the 1715 Plate Fleet Wreck: Tequesta : Number 26/1966, pages 21-30

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2 Responses to July 31, 1715 Hurricane

  1. Anon says:

    This story is interesting as well. The Atocha, one of the richest Spanish galleons ever recovered was wrecked off the Florida coast by a hurricane in 1622, then:

    After the surviving ships brought the news of the disaster back to Havana, Spanish authorities dispatched another five ships to salvage Nuestra Señora de Atocha and Santa Margarita, which had run aground nearby. Nuestra Señora de Atocha had sunk in approximately 17 metres (56 ft) of water, making it difficult for divers to retrieve any of the cargo or guns from the ship. A second hurricane in October of that year made attempts at salvage even more difficult by scattering the wreckage of the sunken ship still further.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuestra_Señora_de_Atocha#Sinking

  2. John Elvidge says:

    This post mentions 2 places I have lives, Ridgewood NJ and St Lucie County FL. The schools mentioned in the Record article I went to in the 70’s. Small world!

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