Nuestra Senora de Atocha 1622 “Lost at Sea”

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KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Shipwreck experts are evaluating a centuries-old 40-inch gold chain plucked from the seafloor while searching for a 17th-century sunken Spanish galleon off the Florida Keys.The piece is tentatively valued at about $250,000. It is believed to be from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, which sank during a 1622 hurricane. It was found Wednesday by divers from Mel Fisher’s Treasures about 35 miles west of Key West.The chain has 55 links, an enameled gold cross and a two-sided engraved religious medallion featuring the Virgin Mary and a chalice. In 1985, the Fisher crew recovered more than $450 million in artifacts and treasure from the Atocha shipwreck, but part of the ship has not been found.

A Spanish galleon similar to the Nuestra Señora de Atocha. as seen : http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lasalle/owners.html

Some fifty years before the first city in North America was found, the Spaniards occupied cities in Central America, the Caribbean, Cuba, and many other “New World” ports de old sod. As far back as the late 16th century, cities such as Potosi, Lima, and Mexico City, housed populations greatly exceeding the largest cities in Spain. Huge tracts of land granted to Spanish colonist in these areas by the Crown produced Coffee, Tobacco, and other commodities and were traded for supplies from Cadiz .

The system was extremely profitable for the Crown, as well as the colonist from 1561, until 1748, ( though colonization and sporadic trade started earlier). Of course, the most profitable commodities for advancing Spain’s world domination, and continuing the colonies were the more shiny, monetarily valued items found on the continent such as silver and gold.

Two separate fleets sailed from Spain to the new world annually loaded with do-jiggers, and vendible for the colonist. In return, many pelagic souls, slaves, doubloons, and pieces of eight, launched from the Gulf of Mexico headed back to Spain on the same ships. The slew of  ships lost to hurricanes and squalls in the area from 1500 till now represent many nations, yet the majority being Spanish Galleons, hands down, leaves many of their hands and deck, beneath the sea, and treasures on our minds, almost as valuable as the history itself.

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From Cadiz, sailing Columbus’s wake to the Caribbean, the fleets (though Spain had many other fleets sailing many other seas) would split

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for separate destinations. Fleet Nueva Espnana’, for Veracruz, Mexico, and Tierra Firme, for Portobello, Panama. After unloading their cargo, and being loaded to the hilt,  sitting lull a hull, both fleets keeled with lucre, barring no contender, would meet again in Havana, Cuba, which just happens, was the birth place of the ship, “Senora de Atocha”.

 ( to be continued )

“Sons of Enoch” Chapter 24

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Between the years of 967  B.C.  and 927  B.C. Solomon, son of King David and Bathsheba ruled over the Kingdom of  Israel. His  kingdom was vast, and wealthy beyond measure, spanning the entire region west of the Euphrates. Many were the times he sent large caravans of camels, and servants loaded with goods to barter, and purchase frankincense,  myrrh,  silk,  and gold  from the land of  Ophir,  Sheba, Havila, and Ma’in.  From the day his first lading drove had arrived, bearing, olives,  figs, sheep and wine, the Queen of  Sheba had wondered what sort of  King could have such an abundance. Soon, she was sending her own caravans to Israel, loaded with silk, and gold, onyx, and spice.The praise  of  Solomon’s  great position before God, and the wisdom this God had bestowed onto the Israeli King soon became the talk of  Sheba.(Yemen) Years went by and the trading increased between the two lands as stories of grandeur, and wisdom of the foreign King  continued to fill the ears of the awestruck Queen. She finally had to  see for herself, for she just could not believe such a man could exist. But, see him she did, as she traveled herself the great distance on one of the trading journeys, just to ease her curious mind. The spice and jewels she gave to Solomon upon her realizing the man was not just a myth were more precious and pure than any have ever been.  Surely the legends she heard for so long paled before this man, she said. Solomon also was awe inspired by the Queen, and gave unto her every desire, and all that she asked Solomon, placed  in her hands.And the Queen turned,after her stay, of an undisclosed time,  and went back to her home land. What else we know of  the Queen of Sheba, and the time which was spent between her and  King Solomon of  Israel, we do not find in the words of the Bible,  however,  we do hear traditions from her home land, and places far away.  Places which I believe are spoken of  in Genesis chapter 2, where we are told of the Garden of Eden, and the four rivers.  In fact,  I  believe that the land of  Havila was none other than the same area of where Sheba was, and still is today only  bearing the name of  Yemen.  Names, landscapes, and even people may change, or be lost in translation over the years, but, natural resources and tradition throughout that region still remain the same, and still bear the names. One can scarcely travel two blocks through the city of Yemen without passing a filling station, a bank, or a motel that  doesn’t have the name of Sheba, lighting up the streets. Even some with the name “Queen of Sheba”. Oh, but there is much more to the story of where the rivers  Gihon, and Pison once meandered around the land of Hevila, and eastwardly toward Asshur. But, First I will post the Bible story of Solomon and Sheba, and then get back to the  amazing story and search, for the land of Eden, and the Garden within.

2 Chronicles 9

And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. 2And Solomon told her all her questions: and there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not. 3And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built, 4And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel; his cup bearers also, and their apparel; and his ascent by which he went up into the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.5And she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom: 6Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard.7Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom. 8Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the LORD thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment and justice. 9And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon. 10And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones. 11And the king made of the algum trees terraces to the house of the LORD, and to the king’s palace, and harps and psalteries for singers: and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah. 12And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which she had brought unto the king. So she turned, and went away to her own land, she and her servants. 13Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold; 14Beside that which chapmen and merchants brought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon. 15And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of beaten gold went to one target. 16And three hundred shields made he of beaten gold: three hundred shekels of gold went to one shield. And the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon. 17Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold. 18And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne, and stays on each side of the sitting place, and two lions standing by the stays: 19And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps. There was not the like made in any kingdom. 20And all the drinking vessels of king Solomon were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold: none were of silver; it was not any thing accounted of in the days of Solomon. 21For the king’s ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks. 22And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. 23And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart. 24And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, harness, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year. 25And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem. 26And he reigned over all the kings from the river even unto the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt. 27And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that are in the low plains in abundance. 28And they brought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands.29Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat? 30And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years. 31And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.   

I apologize to anyone who may have gotten this far in the reading and are looking for the next chapter. I am working on it as I type this, but, as time is a borrowed commodity lately…Please Check Back. Also, if you have gotten this far and are interested please leave a comment. All inspiration is very helpful, and appreciated. 

God Bless

paul


“Sons of Enoch” chapter 23

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“City of Enoch”
In the last chapter, we left off  looking for the river, Pison, the river in which the Bible says encompasses the whole land of  Havila, where there is gold.  The most obvious thing for us to do therefore, would be to look  for where the land of  Havila was located. If  you are like me,  however,  and have searched through dozens of documented studies, professions, guesses and possibilities as to where the land of  Havila was located, you may throw your hands in the air and say…yeah, fat chance of that.  Well, I admit that was my initial response anyway.  Nonetheless, though it may still call for some speculation, I believe that you will have to agree with me after I point out what I have found on the matter, that Havila, was right there under our noses all along. At least, if  in fact the Holy Bible is one of the places  you were looking while you searched through countless hypotheses, theories, maps, and of course, the occasional “Ancient Alien” paper chase flight to planet  X.  Yeah, that does seem to be one of the more overly published areas of  interest on the subject of who may have built the great Pyramid of  Giza.  Not that I totally discount the possibility of  a 12th  planet out there somewhere, or deny that there are some intriguing works of ancient art  found on the walls of many caves, mountain tops and deserted islands. It’s  just that I  have found much more concrete evidences aligning with what the Word of God has said on the subject of  who created me, than  I  have seen in any of the theories of  ancient  Nibirbian  space  pilots, coming to alter the DNA of  Neanderthal  for the purpose of creating  a work force to harvest the abundant surplus of  gold here on planet earth.

Okay,  I  apologize.  Once again I  have allowed my frustrations of  being side tracked from my  research  by some crazy alien astronaut

story to keep me from focusing on the subject at hand. And  I apologize again. But, you know those stories are a little captivating once you begin to read  them,  and …wow,  I  wonder how they were able to find a bird with a head as big as a human to create those ..?Oh, sorry,  there I go again… so…where was  I…? Oh yeah, harvesting gold…

Genesis 2:11

The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;

Where could the land of Havila be…? And the river Pison, wow, I’m off track here.


“Sons of Enoch” chapter 21

“City of Enoch”

We will begin our search for the ancient city of Enoch, by first pinpointing  the most reasonably accepted location of the Garden of Eden, based on the evidences that we have,  starting with the Genesis 2 account.  The Genesis rendering of the location goes as follows:

Genesis 2:8

And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.    9And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.    10And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.  11The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 12And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.  13And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. 14And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.

If  you will notice,  I have raised certain words in bold print within the foregoing Genesis passage. The reason of my highlighting those words is to point out that the Genesis writer called these  10 places,  or at least those with proper noun assignments,  by their   post-diluvian titles.   In other words,  regardless of  who we  attribute the writing of the book of Genesis to, whether it be Moses, or whomever, we surely know that the book was written after the flood,  and therefore, those places  would bare the names in which the Author was familiar with during his life time.  This is an important bit of information for us to make note of  in our study,  as  you  soon will see.   As  I  pointed out earlier,  the writer of  Genesis went to great lengths to show definitive landmarks, and locations,  clearly expecting his readers to recognize, and identify with the locations based on  his descriptions.  That being said, we will now go back into the Bible and see what,   if  any possible  clues it may offer as to where Eden was located.

Ezekiel 27:23
Haran, and Canneh, and Eden, the merchants of Sheba, , and  Asshur and Chilmad, were thy merchants.

Here we see that Ezekial refers to Eden as being an actual area , or  town, existing during his time, while delivering a message from God , and pointing out some of the merchants that traded with the great city of  Tyre.  All of which, run in sequence within the verse, just as their geographical locations would be seen on a map, or an aerial view ( as our study will show) of  Southern Babylonia.   Hence, we will take a closer look now at that localized area, the  names,  and explore the modern day excavations and archeological findings,  to see if a picture isn’t  after all,  still worth a thousand words.  But, first let me point out that Babylonia was located  in the area later  known as Mesopotamia, which is Greek for:  (Between the two Rivers) The map seen here can be viewed in more detail, along with other detailed information, and links @  BIBLE HISTORY.COM What we see on this map of the ancient Babylonia area aligns the two ( Presently  named and identified today,)  rivers described in the book of Genesis account almost as precisely  as one could ask  for.  Undoubtedly,   it also  shows us that the trade rout  along those rivers, especially when considering that most of the earths population, in those days were located within the same general area, was the most efficient possible scenario for it’s time,  and would even be unto this present day.  The next map that we see  shows more of the then (Genesis Writers) names of the towns, as well as what they were called  in a much later time in history, ie; (Assher/Assyria,)  by the time of the fall of  Samaria,  ( Israel, )  to the Assyrians,   in 722 B.C.  The red line in the map shows the trail that the deported Israelites would have been marched off  from Samaria into Assyria, and the Median provinces.  I only added this map to help us to see the changes and to stay on track with the  two named rivers in the Genesis 2 account, of the Euphrates, and the Tigris,  ( Hiddekel.)   In our continued  search, however,  I will  turn your attention, and mine, to the not so spelled out, nor  easily authenticated names, and locations of the other two rivers, beginning with the  first one in which the Genesis writer labels as the “Pison“. (Strongs #06376>Pee-Shone) As one  attempts to locate, or equate this river to another known river of the more modern times, (as many have attributed it to dozens) they will soon realize that it is not an easy task to say the least. One could rely on the countless geographical studies, maps, outlines and reviews of the equally innumerable experts, geologist, and Bible land explorers from the past to determine which, if any of the many rivers in the  ocean of possibilities could be the river Pison. However, in doing so, one will succumb to the realization, that in the end of all the reading, mapping, googeling, study and gasps,   they will still have to either rely on eenie meanie, miney mo, or the casting of  lots to choose one.  Other than praying for divine revelation into the matter, in which,  I  have certainly done,  I have decided to go with a more personal, technique, or at least, a personal study rather than to rely on someone else’s predetermined conclusion in the matter, and that technique is one of deductive reasoning based on the clues that we are given, beginning in the beginning of it all…the Genesis account.

Genesis 2:11
The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;

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