The spanish treasure fleet or west indies fleet from spanish flota de indias also called silver fleet or plate fleet from the spanish plata meaning silver was a convoy system of sea routes organized by the spanish empire from 1566 to 1790 which linked spain with its territories in america across the atlantic. Spanish treasure fleet spanish treasure fleet from the 16th to the 18th century spanish convoy of ships transporting european goods to the spanish colonies in the americas and transporting colonial products especially gold and silver back to the mother country beginning in the 1560s shipping between spain and the. The spanish treasure fleets timothy r walton on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers europe was bursting with energy in the late15th century but progress was being hindered by a shortage of reliable currency columbus was aware of this. In 1715 and again in 1733 spains treasure fleets were devastated by hurricanes off the coast of florida although the spanish managed to recover some treasure much more remained on the ocean floor the sunken ships lay forgotten for more than 200 years until modern treasure hunters discovered several of them
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