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Which treats of two hurricanes or storms that struck the island of Hispaniola and other neighboring islands, and of some shipwrecks that happened because of the storms in the months of August and September of 1545.

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/9780813035406.003.0028
Which treats of two hurricanes or storms that struck the island of Hispaniola and other neighboring islands, and of some shipwrecks that happened because of the storms in the months of August and September of 1545.

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This chapter describes two hurricanes or storms that struck the island of Hispaniola and other neighboring islands, and some shipwrecks that happened in August and September, 1545. In the countryside it was very sad to see the havoc done on the sugar mills. Cassia fields and fruit orchards were torn out, cultivated plots lost, and the bohíos and houses of the plantations razed. The chapter relates how merchants' ventures and diligence often conclude not in proportion to their desires but to what they deserve by their greediness. Because the money circulating in these parts was poor and debased, merchants invested money earned here by nefarious practices in the exportation to Spain of sugar, hides, pearls, or other items. The chapter relates what happened to one merchant who wished to make money on what he imported as well as what he exported.

Keywords: hurricanes; Hispaniola; shipwrecks; bohíos; plantations; ventures; merchant; money; exportation; Spain

Chapter.  3360 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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