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Of a ship that was lost on the coast of Tierra Firme: how the Sailors took the Ship's, boat, abandoned the passengers, and were not seen again; how the passengers built a small boat from the Ship's planking; how they reached such a state of starvation that they drew lots to determine who would be eaten; and how the survivors were saved.

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035406.003.0004
Of a ship that was lost on the coast of Tierra Firme: how the Sailors took the Ship's, boat, abandoned the passengers, and were not seen again; how the passengers built a small boat from the Ship's planking; how they reached such a state of starvation that they drew lots to determine who would be eaten; and how the survivors were saved.

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In 1513, a ship left the harbor of Santo Domingo bound for Darién. This was a city a league from the coast of the Gulf of Urabá in the province called Cemaco only recently won by the Christians. The acting captain there was Vasco Núñez de Balboa. This ship was carrying much merchandise and fifty or sixty passengers and sailors. For their sins and for the pilot's ineptitude they went off course, catching sight of Tierra Firme a hundred or more leagues on past Darién. The weather was so bad that the ship was blown aground with the loss of the ship and all its cargo. However, all the passengers and crew managed to save themselves, although not without great effort. It is believed that the province where they were wrecked was either close to or the province of Veragua itself.

Keywords: ship; Santo Domingo; Darién; Gulf of Urabá; Cemaco; Vasco Núñez de Balboa; Tierra Firme; Veragua

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Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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