India’s Ship Carrying Spices Sunk 400 Years Back Found Near Lisbon, Portugal

The Archaeologists have discovered 400 years old shipwreck which is believed to have sunk near Lisbon. The Archaeologists' search team of found it near Portugal coast. Earlier, it is believed that this ship sank near Lisbon (Capital of Portugal). Project director Jorge Freire said, "From a heritage perspective, this is the discovery of the decade". "In Portugal, this is the most important find of all time."

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Reported by India Today, specialists said on Monday, this ship carrying spices, headed towards India. The Divers have found spices, 12 metres below the surface, in and around the ship's residue. Apart from the spices, nine bronze cannons engraved with the Portuguese coat of arms, Chinese ceramics and cowry shells, a type of currency used to trade slaves during the Colonial Era have also been found.

Project director Jorge Freire said they have found the ship on September 3 off the coast of Cascais which is a resort town on the suburbs of Lisbon and the things that founded by the divers have been well preserved. In between the years 1575 and 1625, trading of spice amid India and Portugal was developing well and that's when Project Director feels the ship might have sunk.

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Earlier, the Portuguese ship, ‘Our Lady of the Martyrs’ was discovered near Fort of Sao Juliao da Barra, a military defence complex near Cascais. And now this place is believed to the hotspot for shipwrecks.

"For a long time, specialists have considered the mouth of the Tagus river a hotspot for shipwrecks," said Minister of Culture Luis Mendes. "This discovery came to prove it."

The Municipal Council of Cascais, the Navy, the Portuguese government and the Nova University of Lisbon had started an archaeological project ten years ago and this shipwreck's discovery is a part of this project.

by Soniya Kaur | Thu, Sep 27 - 12:56 PM

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