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Treasure hunter searches for long-lost Spanish galleon in Nassau Sound

by Matt
Categories: History
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Published on: April 15, 2013

Nassau Sound is known for its tricky waters to navigate, shark infestations and a remote, narrow pass where the Nassau River meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Doug Pope also sees the sound as a possible site of treasure from the long-lost Spanish galleon San Miguel that wrecked in 1715. Pope is president of Amelia Research & Recovery LLC, based in Fernandina Beach, and his quest to find the San Miguel’s loot is the basis of his business.

Pope said the find of a jeweler’s furnace in 1993 near Amelia Island is believed to be from the ship that was part of a fleet of about a dozen that went down during a hurricane nearly 300 years ago. The treasure salvaging season for Pope commences in about two weeks, when area waters are most calm. (more…)

Cheetahs, rhinos among the animals at Nassau’s White Oak Plantation

by Matt
Categories: Places
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Published on: April 30, 2012

Sighting zebras in a field and cheetahs in the distance can quickly soften the discomfort of a washboard road leading through the North Florida pine country to the White Oak Conservation Center at White Oak Plantation.

And for about 100 visitors to the breeding and conservation center about 30 miles north of Jacksonville, animals were what they came for Sunday.

“It’s something to have cheetahs and giraffes drooling on you on the same day,” said Ann Farra, a visitor from Atlantic Beach. “Who can complain about that?” (more…)

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