Espiritu Santo, Texas (1554)

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Lost in 1554 in the coast of Padre Island. Found and salvaged by a treasure hunting company named Platoro, Ltd., Inc. in 1967, no information on its hull remains subsists. An important collection of artifacts was recovered by the State of Texas, which had nevertheless to pay an important compensation to the salvors.

Although it is not possible to assert if all these artifacts came from the Espiritu Santo – Platoro Inc. made few or no efforts to record location or association of these artifacts – it is assumed that the collection was raised from only one shipwreck site.


Arnold III, J. Barto & Weddle, Robert. The Nautical Archaeology of Padre Island. The Spanish Shipwreks of 1554, Academic Press, NY 1978.

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