Sorry to read you were under the weather all at the same time as the move and work related stuff. Feel guilty absent last day could not be avoided. And looks like you have today covered.
Damn good post and I have to tell you. Read about this almost a year ago and the Spanish claim, and was as outraged as you are. Had I posted the article I’d read, I would not have been up to the commentary done as well as you have here. So good that you posted it. You’re right in all areas. I could not understand this total lack of justice and fair play. So ok. Forget justice, there’s damn little of it. Logic should have won the day for the guys who risked much and found the treasure. Sadly, there isn’t much logic being used these days either.
Why couldn’t they have hauled and hoarded some of it?
The South Americans should sue Spain to return the treasure they stole from them in the first place.
Too bad they couldn’t have taken it back and dumped it in a deep trench.
John Galt, Treasure Hunter? Why not.
Peiper’s #2 comment is correct. If we gotta give treasure back to Spain, shouldn’t we first deduct all the treasure they stole from the Americas? I’m sure good old Montezuma’s decendants would like the some of their treasure back. Charge interest compounded daily and punitive costs on top and old spain will still owe billions.
I agree, melt it all down and screw ‘em. All this does is either stop exploration altogether (which we then lose all the history yet to be discovered) or force it to be done when no one is looking. Spain could have asked for a small percentage and I could have agreed with that. But now, after this, they will get NOTHING, as no one is going to go looking anymore. And if they do, they ain’t saying nothing.
Is it me, or does it seem that all governments are getting a little too bossy and way too greedy?
I’m confused - what happened to the old “marine salvage”?
Also, how does Spain get away with NOT paying for the recovery of this treasure?
I’d “accidentally” drop in in the deepest part of the Atlantic on it’s way to Spain - happens all the time with shipping traffic.