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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.

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/9780813035406.003.0022
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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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

Chapter.  1102 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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