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Misfortunes and Shipwrecks in the Seas of the Indies, Islands, and Mainland of the Ocean Sea (1513–1548)Book Fifty of the 'General and Natural History of the Indies'$

Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035406

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035406.001.0001

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Of shipwrecks and the very marvelous occurrence that is here recounted.

Of shipwrecks and the very marvelous occurrence that is here recounted.

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(p.163) Chapter XXVIII Of shipwrecks and the very marvelous occurrence that is here recounted.
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Misfortunes and Shipwrecks in the Seas of the Indies, Islands, and Mainland of the Ocean Sea (1513–1548)
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Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813035406.003.0029

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This chapter tells the story of a ship with many passengers aboard which left the city of Santo Domingo for Spain with cargo. After some days sailing, the ship began taking on so much water that two pumps could not stanch it and the ship began sinking. Everyone began to call on God and His Glorious Mother, for without their help they would not be able to save themselves, as they were far out to sea, more than six hundred leagues from the island of Hispaniola. At the moment of their greatest peril and agony, they spied a ship that had left the same city before them and signaled to it. The other ship came alongside the sinking ship in time to save all the people and the gold and silver they were carrying. The only things lost were the merchandise and the heavy items of cargo. The master of this lost ship was Gaspar Guerrero Gaspar Guerrero, a resident of Seville.

Keywords:   ship, Santo Domingo, Spain, cargo, God, gold, silver, merchandise, Gaspar Guerrero, Seville

In the present year of 1548 a ship with many passengers aboard left the city of Santo Domingo for Spain with a cargo of sugar, cattle hides, cassia, and other things. After some days sailing, the ship began taking on so much water that two pumps could not stanch it and the ship was sinking. Everyone began to call on God and His Glorious Mother, for without Their help they would not be able to save themselves, as they were far out to sea, more than six hundred leagues from this island. Divine goodness heard the clamors and tears of that afflicted company, among whom were some of our residents of this city traveling with their wives and children. At the moment of their greatest peril and agony, they spied a ship that had left this same city before them and signaled it. The other ship came alongside the sinking ship in time to save all the people and the gold and silver they were carrying. The only things lost were the merchandise and the heavy items of cargo.

The master of this lost ship was Gaspar Guerrero, a resident of Seville. A moment after he, the crew, and the passengers transferred to the rescue ship, the doomed ship sank with much valuable merchandise. Some of the survivors came to Seville on the eve of the Feast of the Holy Spirit, and others some days before and after. Among them were Vidal, the pharmacist, and his wife and children; the notary Juan Rodríguez and his son; many other passengers; some Franciscans and others with whom I spoke or who wrote me letters at my house. I learned that some made vows to Our Lady of Antigua of the cathedral of Seville, some to Our Lady of Guadalupe, but everyone to the Mother of God and to Our Redeemer Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

I was in Seville when this shipwreck occurred and wrote the account of it there from eyewitness information of the very people involved. God be praised in everything.