Carlos Leon, Spain’s treasure hunter, films a newly discovered wreck hidden in a secret spot at the bottom of the sea [Photo supplied]

Madrid, Spain – For centuries, pirates tried to “liberate” the gold, silver, emeralds and other valuable gems plundered from Latin America and transported across the seas in Spanish galleons.

Today, Carlos Leon is searching for the same loot – only this time he wants to preserve it for future generations instead of carrying it off for himself.

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The marine archaeologist leads a team from Spain’s culture ministry on a mission to track down hundreds of sunken ships which lie at the bottom of the treacherous waters of the Americas.

The hunt begins on Christmas Day 1492, when Christopher Columbus’s

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