"The Lost Santa Rosa treasure ship in West Matagorda Bay" Ray Theiss Lone Star Ghost Towns

A modern-day reproduction of a 18th century Spanish treasure ship.

Matagorda Bay is a large body of water located in-between Galveston and Victoria. 
   The bay itself is divided into two separate entities, East and West Matagorda, and both empty directly into the Gulf of Mexico.
   Since the mid-1500s, Matagorda Bay has been mapped and explored by sailors from Spain and France. 
   Over the course of its lengthy history, there are numerous accounts of shipwrecks and lost treasures scattered in the vicinity of the bay and upon the narrow strip of land named today as Matagorda island. 
   Of all the stories and legends though concerning Matagorda Bay and Matagorda Island, there is one that has caused serious speculations and research for over 30 years and that has yet to be fully discovered. 
   The legend of the lost Spanish vessel, the Santa Rosa, has caused many treasure hunters through the years to invest thousands of dollars into underwater surveying equipment; but the murky depths of Matagorda Bay has yet to reveal this lost secret.  
   There are two separate accounts of how the Santa Rosa vanished. 
   One that is largely believed by the locals of the Matagorda area is that the ship was attacked by the infamous pirate of the northern Caribbean coastline, Jean Lafitte, and either sunk or captured and vanished to parts unknown. 
   However, because the Santa Rosa was such a valuable ship at the time of its disappearance, it is more than likely that it would have been too large of a target for Lafitte’s pirates to capture without going unnoticed by the Spanish or American governments. 

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