On November 1, 1631, the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora del Juncal ended up sinking in the Gulf of Mexico after fighting for 16 days for its own survival. Of the three hundred crew members of her, only 39 managed to return to the coast alive, although luck had a lot to do with the future of those who were on that ship.
Almost four hundred years later, Spain and Mexico launched a joint archaeological campaign in 2020 to continue locating the remains of the ship, one of the two flagships of the New Spain Fleet. Its results, together with works and documents of the time, can be seen in this great exhibition at the General Archive of the Indies, the first of its kind, organized by both countries.
It is an international cooperation project, within the framework of a memorandum of understanding signed between Spain and Mexico in 2014, which aims at international cooperation for the safeguarding, protection, recovery, conservation and dissemination of underwater cultural heritage.
The exhibition will later travel to various venues in Mexico.