Mystery Treasure Of Flor de la Mar

According to historical records, the ship was built in Lisbon in the year 1502. When it was built, it was the largest and most beautiful ship Portugal had ever built. In the same year, it embarked on its first voyage to India under the control of Estevao de Gama, the cousin of the first European sailor to arrive in India, Vasco de Gama.

In addition to being responsible for carrying trade, Flor de la Mar was also used on the sea battlefield as Portugal's imperialism agenda. In 1507, it became part of the Arburquerque sea fleet responsible for capturing several ports in the Arabian sea such as Muscat, Khor Fakak, Sohar and Ormutz.


A year before the Malacca captivity, the ship was already planned to be shipped back to Portugal for repair, but Alburquerque was not interested in its plans because of its larger target, Malacca. According to his logical logic, it was better used to bring the precious treasures of Malacca as a gift to their king, Manuel I.

And that is exactly what was realized by the Arburquerque in 1511. After Malacca became part of the Portuguese empire, gold and valuables from the treasury of Malacca and its vicinity were loaded onto ship.

But the Alburquerque has forgotten that when the Flor de la Mar reaches its maximum load, it is quite difficult to operate, especially in low-water areas.

Today's record predicts that the amount of property plunged with Flor de la Mar seized from Malacca is around 2.6 billion and is considered the most expensive treasure in the lost treasure category.


The ship has undergone several repairs, making any attempt to bring it back to Portugal at risk. So it is not surprising that when Flor de la Mar sailed out of Malacca in November 1511. But a month later, the Alburquerqu was heartbroken when he heard news that Flor de la Mar had collapsed off the coast of the northwest after being caught in stormy weather.

There are reports that most of the property was lost in the ocean but some say any of the rescued property was taken back to Portuguese or collected by locals.

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