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The Hernan Cortes Shipwreck
Cortes And The Isabella Emerald
In The Year 1519…
500 years ago “The Americas” was already a world of advanced civilization with powerful warring empires reaching back thousands of years. It was a world of soaring pyramids and mystic religions that worshipped the Gods of Creation, the stars and galaxies, and a panorama of awesome Gods. It was a world ruled by the Emperor Montezuma, a Living God who ruled over an Empire of over 30 million people. The Old World never even knew such a Civilization existed!
A prophecy of this civilization, made 2000 years earlier, was that the great God Quetzalcoatl, a white man with a red beard, would return from the East on floating islands to reclaim his empire in the Year Reed One. As if to fulfill the prophecy, in 1519, the Year of Reed One, Conquistador Hernan Cortes, a white man with a red beard, landed from the East aboard massive ships onto the shores of the magnificent Aztec Empire. Unimaginably, to prevent his army of only 500 men from retreating, he burned his ships. They now had no choice, but to journey into an absolutely unknown world. They discovered the fantastic City of Tenochtitlan (Mexico City). Montezuma was perceived by his people as a living God. The Aztecs believed the 2000 year-old prophecy was coming true before their very eyes and that Cortes was the true reincarnation of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent.
This historical meeting at the crossing of the bridge by Montezuma as he went to meet Cortes was not just the meeting of two men, but the meeting of two Gods; two alien civilizations. It was a bringing together of two worlds, the Old and the New. As Cortes gazed upon the city, he stated that it was as if God had carried out two separate Creations: one in the West and one in the East. Montezuma presented Cortes with a wealth beyond imagination, a great treasure of gold and emeralds including the large mystical Emerald of Judgment.
Montezuma, called it the Stone of Judgment, the most powerful instrument of the Aztec Culture, destined to be reclaimed by his God Quetzalcoatl upon his return in the year Reed One as proclaimed in their Aztec Codex. It was witnessed in the Hall of Judgment by Cortes as Montezuma stood in his Court in judgment of others. The Emerald of Judgment would communicate by radiating with an inexplicable luminescence from on top of a crystal skull.
Cortes described it in a letter to Queen Isabella as “a mystifying powerful emerald crystal so large that it would fill the palm of her hand". Cortes proclaimed that such a powerful instrument should only be in the hands of Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor, King of Spain, and his Queen Isabella. Cortes felt he could entice the Queen with this magical emerald and treasure to bestow on him the title of Governor of New Spain and finance him with ships, men and supplies to conquer the rest of the new world. To his disappointment, Charles V was bankrupt from financing wars against England, France, and Italy. Queen Isabella would only covet the emerald, to become her namesake, as Cortes was persuaded to gift it to his betrothed Dona Juana De Zuniga in exchange for a dowry large enough to fulfill his destiny to continue to conquer the new world. History shows that Queen Isabella never forgave Cortes. These events changed the name of the Emerald of Judgment to the Isabella Emerald.
In The Year 1757…
In The Year 1992…
Dr. Benilous, familiar with the typical Spaniards' navigational routes, but not knowing how fast the ship was sailing, approached a Remote Viewer, whom he had excellent results with in past projects. The psychic encouraged Dr. Benilous to also collaborate with another Remote Viewer. Creating a plastic overlay map of the suspected area, ADVL shipped it to both psychics for their input. When the maps came back, both psychics had independently identified an area of less than 5 centimeters apart. The search started with the typical salvage equipment: proton magnetometer, side-scan sonar, and bottom profiler. The results were incredible, within a 5-mile radius seven ships were discovered. Two were immediately eliminated when identified as being of Spanish Colonial period (1550s). As a note of reference, ADVL plans to begin exploration of these previously uncharted wrecks as scheduling and funding permits.
Dr. Benilous called on one of his psychics to come aboard ADVL's mothership. When he was brought into the area, the psychic called out that there was something there of incredible power and force that was like a giant beacon calling out to him. He pinpointed, with unimaginable accuracy, a position where Dr. Benilous later discovered the only known 6-sided Star Rose Quartz Crystal Skull next to a silver bar stamped with the date 1757. In a matter of months, ADVL had uncovered the 964-carat Isabella Emerald, the world's largest emerald crystal, and seven more crystal skulls. Since 1992, ADVL has continued to recover thousands of carats of cut and uncut emeralds and hundreds of pieces of treasure including a hidden contraband of Mayan and Aztec jade masks and gold artifacts in the unprotected International waters of the Caribbean.
Dr. Benilous's love of history has ensured his struggle to keep the treasure intact. ADVL has never taken on any investors and had supplemented the cost of recovery through the sale of cut and uncut emeralds. They are now prepared to share with the world the Lost Treasures of Cortes in an upcoming exhibit entitled The Treasures of the Americas.
The Treasure of Cortes is one of the most important
Treasures ever discovered. It is a time capsule that preserves the
material symbolic of the moment of first contact between two
Civilizations, when Hernan Cortes met Emperor Montezuma and entered the
great Capital of the Aztec Empire.
Discovery of the Cortes Shipwreck
The 964-carat GIA-certified Isabella Emerald is the world’s largest gem crystal emerald. Originally known as the Emerald of Judgment , it was taken from Montezuma, the Great Aztec Emperor, by Cortes and was renamed The Isabella Emerald in Honor of Queen Isabella of Portugal, the wife of Charles V.
The initial recovery included over 100,000 carats of cut and polished emeralds, over a million carats of uncut emeralds, including the world’s largest emerald conglomerate, weighing over 25,000 carats. The recovered treasure consists of hundreds of unique pieces of gold and priceless emerald jewelry as well as jade and gold masks, golden idols, sacrificial knives and instruments, gold and silver bars, 8 very rare Mayan ceremonial crystal skulls, and a signet ring that belonged to Cortes.
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Ongoing Media Coverage
UK Diver Magazine
History Magazine (Canada)
Virtually every major newspaper throughout the United States and Canada featured the story, including local papers in Geneva, Germany, Spain, Korea, Japan, Puerto Rico, Cuba and virtually all of the South American Countries carried the story of the discovery.
Television interviews were featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN nationally and internationally, including live talk shows via satellite in Australia and New Zealand,
Interviews by the Paris paper, "Le Dimanche", and the London Times generated a request from the Queen's Mother to view the “Isabella Emerald Treasure Collection” in person. To this day, she is the only person to have seen the collection to any degree. The collection has never been publicly exhibited.
Plans are moving forward for creation of a phenomenal shipwreck treasure experience called "The Treasures of the Americas", which will be located in South Florida. For more information, please visit our exhibit page.
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