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The Spanish Convoy of 1750
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The Spanish Convoy of 1750: Heaven's Hammer and International Diplomacy

James A. Lewis

Abstract

Spanish flotas (convoys) traversed the Atlantic throughout the colonial period, shuttling men and goods between the Old and New Worlds. In August 1750, at the height of hurricane season, a small convoy of seven ships left Havana for Cádiz. A fierce storm scattered the ships from North Carolina's outer banks to Maryland's eastern shore. Spanish merchants, military officers, and sailors struggled to survive, protect their valuable cargo, and, eventually, find a way home. They faced piracy, rapacious English officials, and discord among crew and passengers (including dozens of English prisoners). ... More

Keywords: Spanish flotas, convoys, colonial period, hurricane season, wreckage, La Galga, salvage rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813033587
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033587.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James A. Lewis, author
Western Carolina University