Veracruz, Mexico

The galleons tid up here

The landing and mooring rings for the galleons at the fort San Juan Uluá

This fabled city was the launching point of many treasure ships over the centuries belonging to the Spanish empire. It was in Veracruz that the overland mule trains would carry the treasure from the mines and the mint in Mexico City.

It seemed like a routine voyage for Captain Juan Manuel Bonilla when he set sail from Cádiz, Spain, on August 31, 1749. On this voyage, he was hoping to recoup his losses sustained at the hands of the British during the recent war. His galleon, the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, nearly sank near Veracruz on its journey from Spain. It was a miracle attributed to St. Barbara and Father Junipero Serra that saved his ship. This was no ordinary treasure run. Unknown to Juan Manuel Bonilla, he was going to carry one of the most famous treasures in the world—pieces of eight that belonged to Long John Silver that were later buried on the real Treasure Island.