Fool's Gold | 2008
Clip Name: The Aurelia Story
Tell us about the treasure.
July 31 st, 1715.
A hurricane sinks the entire Spanish treasure fleet off the coast of Florida...
...including her flagship, the Capitana...
...which, according to its manifest, carried the Queen's Dowry.
Forty chests of jewelry and gold crowns...
...especially crafted in the Orient for the new queen of Spain.
When we say jewels, we mean...
...lndian diamonds, Burmese rubies and Colombian emeralds the size of your fist.
We should probably start with what Tess and I got excited about on our honeymoon.
Well, I think we can all guess.
After we lost the court case...
...we decided to go backpacking in Spain for two weeks.
Ended up spending two years in the Archives of the Indies in Seville.
You spent your honeymoon in a library?
I love you. Oh, baby, I love you too.
Where every known record, official transcript and royal decree...
...relating to the fleets has been kept for centuries.
At first it was for fun, but then we decided to look up the Aurelia...
...because of the cannon we'd found in Florida, and it became our pet project.
Especially when we learned the captain was an 18-year-old kid named Sebastian Vangor.
Who we also discovered was the illegitimate son...
...of Captain General Don Juan Ubilla of the Capitana...
...and his Mexican mistress, Francesca Vangor.
We thought it was an interesting sidebar and really didn't think much more of it...
...until Tess found this very obscure Spanish book published in 1905...
...titled, The Vangors: an 18th Century Family.
It was a collection of letters.
So why is this important?
Because the Vangors controlled the mule train that transported the Dowry...
...over the mountains from the Pacific to the Caribbean...
...and then loaded it onto Spanish galleons here in Veracruz.
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