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The Spanish Convoy of 1750Heaven's Hammer and International Diplomacy$
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James A. Lewis

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033587

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033587.001.0001

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The Seven Ships

The Seven Ships

(p.4) 1 The Seven Ships
The Spanish Convoy of 1750

James A. Lewis

University Press of Florida

They gathered in Havana that summer, the seven ships that made up the 1750 Spanish flota. While their schedules and routes to Cuba were individual, they all shared a common purpose: to complete their transatlantic circle by returning promptly to Cádiz, the traditional terminus for most Spanish New World trade. The catalyst for this venture grew out of desire of several merchant captains to take advantage of the protection offered by a warship rotating to Europe, La Galga. The fact that there were so many detained foreigners in Havana becomes important in the story of the flota. All exchanges of wartime prisoners had been completed long before 1750. The Spanish coast guard, composed of small ships and numerous part-time vigilantes, exercised special diligence after the war in searching for illegal trade.

Keywords:   Spanish flota, Havana, Cádiz, sea travel, sailor, La Galga

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