Spain claims 'proof' of Spanish origin of Odyssey treasure

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Spain's government said Tuesday it has proof of the Spanish origin of treasure recovered from a wreck in the Atlantic by deep-sea explorer firm Odyssey, and demanded the U.S. company hand it back.

"Spain yesterday (Monday) presented to the court in Tampa (Florida) the proof" that the treasure came from the wreck of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, the culture ministry said in a statement.

The ship, which sank off southern Portugal with a massive cargo of gold and silver, is our "historical patrimony and also constitutes the tomb of 250 seamen and Spanish citizens," it said.

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