Mahogany and Iron: Archaeological Investigations of the Late 17th-Century Frigate Nuestra Señora del Rosario y Santiago Apostal

Author(s): Kad Henderson

Year: 2013

Summary

Constructed prior to 1696 near Veracruz, Mexico, the Nuestra Señora del Rosario y Santiago Apostal was a powerful warship of the Spanish Armada de Barlovento. The ship served primarily as an escort vessel during its nine years at sea.  In addition to its primary duties Rosario led anti piracy patrols and fought in campaigns against other European powers in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The ship's career came to an end in September of 1705 during a powerful hurricane in Pensacola Bay, Florida. Excavations by the University of West Florida from 1998-2002 revealed very well preserved hull structure as well as thousands of artifacts. The wreck of the Rosario represents a unique resource for understanding Spanish colonial shipbuilding techniques in the late 17th-century as well as the lives of the individuals that built and sailed these vessels.

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Mahogany and Iron: Archaeological Investigations of the Late 17th-Century Frigate Nuestra Señora del Rosario y Santiago Apostal. Kad Henderson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428476)

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Temporal Keywords
1696-1705

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 437