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    Hi all. I'm doing some research for an article about Spanish wrecks around Dominica. I'm especially interested in the events from 1567. Has anyone here done any searching in the area or is aware of searches in the past? I know that some people were interested in this project but not sure if anything was ever found.

    Also - has anyone did research in Archivo de Indias in Seville? How difficult it is in practice, communicating with staff etc? Not sure how much time realistically should set aside for it..

    Will be mightily grateful for your help
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    I have first hand knowledge of the wreck site(s). I have dove the area and within 5 minutes, I found a cannon ball and other interesting things....The bottom is volcanic sand and the water depth drops off quickly from 35' to 100' in two strokes of the fins. Visibility at the times I was there was about 15 feet.The locals there keep a very close eye on the area and finding a place to fill dive tanks without tipping off the locals is possible but extremely difficult to say the least. If you check into any local motel in Roseau (there are a few), there is always someone there watching for unfamiliar faces and within an hour, the entire island knows your there. There is an elderly fisherman close to the dive sites that has two large Galleon anchors and a couple dozen cannon balls in his yard. A well outfitted 100' ship self contained and equipped with enough tanks and a portable filling station, could recover what the native Indians did not. If you do decide to go there and research, there is a wreck not far from a specific dock that you can find gold coins and copper sheathing. Would need to enlist a local fisherman to take you out and recon the area. You can actually see the local wreck site from your motel room!! Good luck!!!
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    Many thanks for your answer. I've sent you a PM.
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    A small update: I have done a preliminary search in the Archivo de Indias and could not find a trace of a report about missing ships.. It's a bit weird as there should be some litigation about the lost cargo etc. Is anyone able to shed more light on this story? Anyone heard about this project or was involved in any of the searches?
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    If you are talking about the Juan de Velasco de Barrio fleet, there is a ton load of information.


    All these from the Archivo General de Indias (AGI):


    "Papeles de armada", CONTRATACION, 2929
    CONTRATACION, 58, ramo 1
    CONTRATACION, 3910
    CONTRATACION, 4346
    INDIFERENTE,1966,L.15,F.417V-418V
    INDIFERENTE,1966,L.15,F.122V-123V


    If you are looking for the alleged shipwrecks, forget them: never happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belenus View Post
    A small update: I have done a preliminary search in the Archivo de Indias and could not find a trace of a report about missing ships.. It's a bit weird as there should be some litigation about the lost cargo etc. Is anyone able to shed more light on this story? Anyone heard about this project or was involved in any of the searches?

 

 

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