Wait, an Actual Billion Dollar Treasure Was Just Found?

Like a good pirate, when Jack Sparrow isn't dreaming about waterproof eyeliner, he's dreaming about treasure. Of course, Jack Sparrow is a fictional character, but if he was real, he'd be dreaming of the billion dollar sunken treasure off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia.

Colombia just reported that The San José, a Spanish galleon that sank in the Caribbean Sea in 1708, was found. According to the BBC, this sunken vessel has been called the "holy grail of shipwrecks," because it carried the most expensive cargo ever to be lost at sea. When it sank, the ship was on its way to the king of Spain laden with gold, silver, and emeralds that are said to be worth at least a billion dollars total. Now, say that in your best Dr. Evil impression.

The Colombian president made the announcement on twitter, but details are still coming in. If it's all true, that's some serious booty. 

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Kara King is a News Writer at Thrillist and wants a talking parrot. Send news tips to and follow her at @karatillie.