From 1530 to 1800 an estimated 8-10 billion dollars in gold, silver, precious gems and other riches, were mined in Spain’s New World colonies, then transported by the famous Spanish Armadas across the oceans to the motherland.
Hundreds of ships have been lost in the Florida Keys, and throughout the Caribbean. Many have been found and salvaged. Others have never been found, or only partially studied and salvaged.
Many artifacts are on display in our museum that will capture your imagination and offer insight to understanding the rich maritime history of Amelia Island.