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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'$
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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 the unfortunate event and shipwreck (which some have attributed to a lack of prudence) of a pilot named Juan Bermúdez, who departed the port of this city of Santo Domingo on the island of Hispaniola bound for Castile in the year 1538 and returned from the Azores the following year, 1539, without making Spain.

Of the unfortunate event and shipwreck (which some have attributed to a lack of prudence) of a pilot named Juan Bermúdez, who departed the port of this city of Santo Domingo on the island of Hispaniola bound for Castile in the year 1538 and returned from the Azores the following year, 1539, without making Spain.

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(p.98) Chapter XXI Of the unfortunate event and shipwreck (which some have attributed to a lack of prudence) of a pilot named Juan Bermúdez, who departed the port of this city of Santo Domingo on the island of Hispaniola bound for Castile in the year 1538 and returned from the Azores the following year, 1539, without making Spain.
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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/9780813035406.003.0022

In 1538, Fernando Gorjón sent to Castile a ship he owned with a cargo of crates of sugar, cowhides, and cassia. The ship sailed with good weather from the port of Santo Domingo and, following the usual route for more than a thousand leagues, made port at Tercera Island, one of the Azores. There a Franciscan friar traveling in the Indies away from his order disembarked, because from Tercera he was ordered to accompany his superiors to Spain. The surviving merchandise was very damaged or ruined. Fernando Gorjón, brought suit in the audiencia of Santo Domingo against Master Juan Bermúdez and Pilot Alonso de Baena, who had charge of the ship. The owner alleged that it was a case of malice and the fault of those aforementioned and that by their negligence and their untimely departure from Tercera Island they had returned the ship to this city. The court's decision was that it was an act of God.

Keywords:   Fernando Gorjón, Castile, ship, cargo, Santo Domingo, Tercera, Azores, merchandise, Juan Bermúdez, Alonso de Baena

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