MATERIAL: Atocha Copper
WEIGHT: 603 Grams
HISTORY: The Cuban mine at Caridad De Cobre produced 582 royal copper ingots that were used as ballast on the Atocha. The mine itself was owned by the Spanish Crown, and only three ships in the 1622 Fleet carried the Royal Copper cargo. The Atocha, Santa Margarita and the Rosario were designated with this honor, and were loaded with the precious cargo in Havana Harbor, Cuba. This immense cargo, 30,000 pounds, was nestled neatly near the stern on the Atocha. Upon arrival to Spain, the copper was intended for the manufacturing of Bronze Canons, similar to those found on the Atocha.