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

Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo

in Misfortunes and Shipwrecks in the Seas of the Indies, Islands, and Mainland of the Ocean Sea (1513–1548)

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035406
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038377 | DOI:
Of shipwrecks and the very marvelous occurrence that is here recounted.

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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

Chapter.  540 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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