Who owns treasures stolen from Indigenous peoples?

An interesting fight over sunken treasure has been going on between the country of Spain and the treasure hunters who found $500 million worth of treasure in a sunken Spanish ship from the 1500s.

A United States court recently ruled that the treasure belongs to Spain and not the salvagers because, under the law that governs such matters, Spain never abandoned the shipwreck or its cargo.

Now, however, the country of Peru is claiming that Spain stole these treasures from the Indigenous peoples of the area that is now called Peru and should be transferred to Peru. 

This is an interesting twist in the international battle over a treasure trove of gold coins and artifacts found by a Tampa Florida company on the ocean floor.

Peru is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the imminent transfer of the half-billion dollar treasure from U.S. possession to Spain.

But shouldn't the modern-day descendants of the Incan civilization and peoples get this treasure?

Read more: http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpps/news/local/region_1/peru:-spain-stole-it-first-odyssey-02222012_18164227#ixzz1nCt5ZJuK

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