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Discovery of the decade: 400-year-old shipwreck found off coast of Portugal

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A 400-year-old shipwreck that would have once been involved in the spice trade has been found off the coast of Portugal, according to archaeologists.

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People watch the pictures during a news conference regarding the announcement of the discovery of a centuries-old shipwreck, in Cascais, Portugal September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

People watch the pictures during a news conference regarding the announcement of the discovery of a centuries-old shipwreck, in Cascais, Portugal September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

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It has been described as the most important underwater discovery in the nation for a decade. The ship, which was found 40 feet below the surface during dredging at the mouth of the River Tagus in early September, is believed to have sunk near Cascais, close to Lisbon, on its way back from India.

It is likely that the vessel was wrecked between 1575 and 1625, at the height of the lucrative spice trade between the European country and Asia.

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On the wreckage site, divers found spices including pepper corns, cowry shells – currency used to trade slaves – and bronze artillery pieces.



Other finds include porcelain dating from the period of China’s Wanli Emperor in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

The wreck was found as part of a decade-long archaeological project supported by the municipal council of Cascais, the navy, the Portuguese government and Nova University of Lisbon.

The discovery comes just two decades after Our Lady of the Martyrs, a Portuguese ship, was found near Cascais in 1994. Minister of Culture Luis Mendes said: “For a long time, specialists have considered the mouth of the Tagus river a hotspot for shipwrecks. This discovery came to prove it.”

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Opposition candidate bidding for presidential race has accuse the sitting president for draining the country to debt, adding that he and his brother are personally profiting and laundering money from the newly discovery of oil and gas reserves, before drilling has even begun.



The wealth that has come with the discovery of oil and gas reserves in Senegal has created other problems for the African nation.

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However, President Macky Sall, who is aiming for a second tenure has discarded the claim by stating that he is committed to tackle corruption as promised before being elected.

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Nigeria: You must not allow bloodshed – US Congressman writes Buhari

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Chris Smith, a Political Editor United State Congressman has urged Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the Presidential election coming up this weekend will be free and fair.



In a letter to President Buhari, he states that the outcome of the election should replicate the standard past administration ensured. and also put in the necessary measures to ensure there wont be bloodshed.

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In addition, Smith said. “Given the magnitude of global problems Secretary Pompeo must contend with, he should consider appointing a Special Envoy for Nigeria vested with full authority. “The State Department must use all tools at its disposal, including visa denial and sanctioning authority, to hold accountable those who undermine democracy and foment sectarian and ethnic violence.

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