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In Which is related the marvelous case of a Portuguese ship that with thirty seamen left the port of this city of Santo Domingo to return to Portugal and, caught in a storm, was blown to the island of Bermuda, Where the ship was wrecked and the people escaped by God's mercy.

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/9780813035406.003.0027
In Which is related the marvelous case of a Portuguese ship that with thirty seamen left the port of this city of Santo Domingo to return to Portugal and, caught in a storm, was blown to the island of Bermuda, Where the ship was wrecked and the people escaped by God's mercy.

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Seven ships and caravels departed Santo Domingo in July 1543 for Spain. Among them was a ship of Portugal that had come to the city with a cargo of Negroes to sell. In Santo Domingo these slaves were valuable and necessary for farms and services to the residents, for working the fields and gold mines, and for the sugar mills. At the time this story was recounted, there were so many of these slaves that many had rebelled and fled their masters. These rebels did much harm on the island, and worse was expected if they were not to be punished more vigorously than had been done until that point. They sailed the western route around this island and went out through the islands of the Lucayos, and from there they turned to the course for Europe. After it was out to sea and seven or eight days separated from the other ships, the ship was beset by bad weather.

Keywords: ships; caravels; Santo Domingo; Spain; Portugal; Negroes; slaves; rebels; Lucayos; Europe

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Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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