The remains of one of the oldest shipwrecks in the Caribbean were found on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, near Cape Macoris, off the north coast city of Puerto Plata. Officials of the National Underwater Cultural Heritage, which regulates this type of activity, and the US-based company Deep Blue Marine, in charge of the actual exploration process, estimated that the remains date from the first half of the sixteenth century.
Researchers speculate that this may be the Spanish galleon San Miguel, which sank in 1550 in an area that was hit by a powerful hurricane. The galleon’s actual identity has not been confirmed to date.
So far researchers have found some 700 objects in the site, including figures made from jade, jewelry, stone ballast, pre-Columbian figurines, 2 and 3 inch guns, and about 500 silver and bronze pieces.