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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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Death of a Greyhound

Death of a Greyhound

(p.31) 4 Death of a Greyhound
The Spanish Convoy of 1750

James A. Lewis

University Press of Florida

True to her name, the Galga (greyhound) and her companion prize, the Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, raced north far ahead of the rest of the flota. While there is a paucity of information on the Mercedes, the same is not true of the Galga. The final days of the great warship generated numerous commentaries, the most important being the dispatches of her captain, Daniel Huoni. Turning his back on activity that was troubling but probably impossible to prevent, Huoni let the location of the remaining elements of the flota in Norfolk determine his next move. The flota was still under his protection, as reduced as that flota and his protection were at this point. Huoni hired two small sloops to take his shrinking crew to Norfolk. Here he found the San Pedro; the Godos; surprisingly, the Mariana; and finally, incomplete news about the other scattered pieces of his convoy.

Keywords:   Galga, Daniel Huoni, Spanish flota, Mercedes, Norfolk

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