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Of a shipwreck and the unfortunate events that happened to the survivors of the fleet that Licentiate Ayllón led to the northern part of Tierra Firme.

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/9780813035406.003.0023
Of a shipwreck and the unfortunate events that happened to the survivors of the fleet that Licentiate Ayllón led to the northern part of Tierra Firme.

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This chapter relates the misfortunes on land experienced by the members of Licentiate Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón's fleet. Those who survived decided to come to the Hispaniola islands. To that effect, they put the licentiate's body in a lighter or barge to bring it to his home in Santo Domingo or to the town of Puerto Plata, where he also had property. However, at sea the surviving ships of the fleet ran into a great storm and they had to jettison the licentiate's body. Of the 500 men who left Puerto Plata with the licentiate to settle that new land, somewhat less that 150 made port in Hispaniola. All in all, 350 men or more lost their lives. The first ship to return, the Bretón, with some Dominican friars on board, arrived at Puerto Plata after twenty-one days, having lost its decking and practically submerged.

Keywords: misfortunes; Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón; fleet; Santo Domingo; Puerto Plata; Bretón; islands

Chapter.  934 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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