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Of three ships two hundred or more leagues out to sea that miraculously escaped disaster with all their people aboard and managed to return to Puerto Plata on this Island of Hispaniola.

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/9780813035406.003.0009
Of three ships two hundred or more leagues out to sea that miraculously escaped disaster with all their people aboard and managed to return to Puerto Plata on this Island of Hispaniola.

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In August 1533, a ship loaded with cargo sailed from Santo Domingo bound for Spain. En route, while still close to this island, the ship's master, named San Juan de Ermúa, fell sick. His illness quickly worsened, and for his sake the ship put in at Mona Island between this island and San Juan Island, forty leagues from Santo Domingo. There the master died and was buried. Afterward the ship continued on and, due to the delay en route, another ship sailing from the port of Santo Domingo whose master was a pilot named Carreño caught up with it. This second ship was likewise carrying a very valuable cargo. Heavily damaged, they returned to the town of Puerto Plata on the northern coast of this island, their masts and yards broken and half or more of the cargo jettisoned.

Keywords: ship; cargo; Santo Domingo; Spain; San Juan de Ermúa; Mona Island; Carreño; Puerto Plata

Chapter.  1265 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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