Seven days after their departure from Havana, the 1715 Treasure Fleet was hit by a severe hurricane, which destroyed eleven of its twelve vessels. The surviving ship was a brig known as El Dorado, which had been stolen by the pirates Edward Kenway and Adéwalé during their escape from imprisonment aboard one of the fleet's sister ships. Following the escape, Kenway took the El Dorado as his own and rechristened it the Jackdaw.
Word of the fleet's capsize quickly spread throughout the region, with wild variances on the details; Edward Thatch at one point expressed an interest in diving the wrecks. Edward Kenway, on the other hand, dove to the wreck of the San Ignacio to locate medicines for the citizens of Nassau, although the cures he recovered were "quite spoilt".
In November 1716, another Spanish Treasure Fleet was attacked by the pirates Alonzo Batilla, Olivier Levasseur and Samuel Bellamy; upon noticing the pirates, the fleet made to depart, though Alonzo Batilla pursued and engaged them. Despite this, Alonzo could not find Samuel Bellamy's "treasure", which proved to be a Fragment of Eden. Of the fleet's six ships, one frigate survived the conflict, though the pirates were forced to leave it after being confronted by Francis Hume.