Strait of Malacca

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A fortune of USD2.6 Billion is believed to be lying at the bottom of the Malacca Strait. The Flor de la Mar, or Flower of the Sea, was a glorious ship in its heyday. Over 100 feet in length and three masts of wind power made this carrack an impressive vessel for Portugal’s India expeditions. Despite its damages through the years, the allure of Malacca’s wealthy trade routes were too strong to resist. The Portuguese fleet, led by General Alfonse de Albuquerque, conquered the city and its riches. The hoard of diamonds and other gemstones was loaded onto Flor de la Mar, never to see land again. The ship never survived the seas and turbulent storms. A replica of the vessel exists at the Maritime Museum, but the Flower of the Sea and its precious loot have yet to be found.


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