Welcome to the all new

1715 Fleet Society

Dedicated to researching the history of the 1715 Fleet, its loss, rediscovery and recovery.

Florida in the 18th century remained an isolated outpost of the Spanish Empire. Its most important mission was to secure the homeward route of the Spanish New World Treasure Fleets. These fleets had long funded Spain’s now-declining role in European & world affairs. The loss of the 1715 Fleet was another blow to the newly established Bourbon dynasties of Spain. Gold and silver in great quantity was homeward bound to Philip V when a hurricane destroyed his fleet along Florida’s coast. Some recovery in the aftermath still left much to be recovered beginning in the 1960’s and ongoing to this day. Much research remains to be done on the 1715 Fleet and its treasure. The State of Florida has accumulated a magnificent and yet little studied collection of Fleet material. The 1715 Fleet Society aims to promote public awareness and scholarly study of all facets of the 1715 Fleet disaster.

Meet the 1715 Fleet Society Board of Directors

Website Content

Academic Coordinator

Archaeology and Archival Research

Numismatic Content and Comment

Archival Research

Director Emeritus

Learn more about our board and their work making this website the premiere resource on the loss and recovery of the 1715 Fleet.

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1715 Fleet Society

Featured Content

1715 Fleet Society Treasure of the Month Logo

Treasure of the Month

2011 - Present

1715 Fleet Society Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

1715 Fleet

1715 Gold Cobs

1715 Gold Cobs

From the State of Florida Collection

1715 Research Collection

1715 Research Collection

Plate Coin, Cob Reales of El Peru, Mexico Cob Eight Reales, and Mexico Cob Four Reales

1715 Dated Mexican Cobs

1715 Dated Mexican Cobs

From the State of Florida Collection

John de Bry Collection

John de Bry Collection

1715 Fleet

Florida History in 3D

Florida History in 3D

Spanish Plate Fleet Wrecks

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Website Updates

Hello Fleet Society readers. This is Craig, web admin for the society. You may have noticed a few changes we recently implemented with the goal

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Newsletter

Regular updates from the 1715 Fleet Society

Treasure of the Month

Past and current featured treasures

This Day in Fleet History

Special days of significance to the 1715 Fleet

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