The El Infante was an armed galleon that belonged to King Philip V's Treasure Fleet and carried an immense volume of Spanish treasure.
The El Infante, is one of the more interesting wrecks from the 1733 Treasure Fleet. The vessel carried gold bullion, silver, 186 boxes of silver coins as well as many other valuable artifacts.
The vessel, built in 1724, was one of the fleet's largest vessels. It had a 400 ton capacity and carried 60 cannons for protection.
The ships in these Flotas carried an immense volume of Spanish treasure including gold bullion and silver. As such, they're often referred to as the Plate Fleet or Silver Plate Fleet since the Spanish word for silver is plato.
This particular vessel carried one of the more precious cargos which included the pillar which was the newly minted coin from the Americas. Also on board was gold bullion, silver, brazilwood, cochineal, Guadelajara ware, Chinese porcelain, leather hides, indigo, vanilla, and citrus, as well as 186 boxes of silver coins.
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Although the El Infante has been visited and searched by many people over the years, there is still a vast amount of treasure that has yet to be found.
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