New History Blog Reveals Clues to a Lost Spanish Treasure on the Outer Banks
After thirty years of fruitless searches by treasure hunters, clues to the location of the elusive gold of the 1750 Spanish ship, El Salvador, wrecked at Cape Lookout, NC, is revealed in the new blog of maritime historian and author, John Amrhein, Jr
In 1983, he discovered the Spanish warship, La Galga, buried in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island. Afterwards, he continued his exhaustive research on the 1750 fleet in the archives of Europe and America. In 2007, he wrote the complete history of the La Galga, her discovery, and her historical significance. In 2011, he wrote another book about the 1750 fleet called Treasure Island: The Untold Story which connects the theft of treasure from the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe at Ocracoke Island and buried in the Caribbean with Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. In the end notes of his latest book he documents the fate of El Salvador.
Treasure Hunters and archaeologists have searched for El Salvador for over thirty years with no apparent success. Amrhein lays out his case that everyone may be looking in the wrong place in his new history blog, Yesterday on the Outer Banks. Using the logs of two British warships stationed in Charleston, South Carolina, and Yorktown, Virginia, he recreated the path of the hurricane in order to predict the likely location for El Salvador. Today this treasure would be worth many millions of dollars but Amrhein also documents that the treasure may have been recovered immediately after the ship wrecked.
“The treasure of the 1750 Fleet is not gold and silver” says Amrhein, “but the incredible stories that were left behind.”