The Seven Ships

James A. Lewis

in The Spanish Convoy of 1750

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033587
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038629 | DOI:
The Seven Ships

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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

Chapter.  2822 words. 

Subjects: Underwater Archaeology

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