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Book Description Macmillan, 1979. Hard Back. Condition: New. The Wreck of the Almiranta tells the dramatic story of the shipwreck in 1641 of the Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion, the almiranta or vice-admiral of the Mexican treasure fleet, and of the subsequent attempts by Spaniards, Americans, West Indians and Englishmen to locate the wreck in order to salvage her reputedly fabulous treasure. The massive documentation in the archives of Seville has enabled the author to describe in vivid detail the last voyage of the almiranta and the adventures of the survivors after the ship had struck on a coral reef to the north of Hispaniola - now the Domincan Republic. No less detailed is the description of the incredibly incompetent attempts made by the authorities to try to locate the wreck. In the end they gave up and the sunken almiranta, with her treasure of silver coin and bullion and jewels, became a lure for imaginative adventurers on both sides of the Atlantic. Expedition after expedition set out for the poorly charted and very dngerous waters of the Abrojos in which the wreck was said to lie until at last forty-six years after the almiranta had sunk, she was found by an obsessively single-minded Boston sea-captain called William Phips, financed by a syndicate of courtiers and businessmen in London. Phips brought home a treasure worth £250,000, an enormous sum in the seventeenth century, and as much agian was raised by the seamen of Jamaica and Bermuda who flocked to the site after Phips's departure. Seller Inventory # 031499
Book Description Macmillan London Ltd. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0333235959 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW33.2066842