El Cazador 2 Reale
On January 11, 1784, the Spanish ship El Cazador sailed from Vera Cruz carrying 450,000 pesos of silver Reales, which the Spanish needed to stabilize the weak monetary system in Colonial North America. Losing this shipment caused Spain to sell the Louisiana Territory to France’s Napoleon. The crew members and the ship disappeared into the Gulf Of Mexico without a trace, but later accidentally discovered by the fishing vessel “Mistake” in 1993.
This shipwreck truly changed American history.