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From galleons to schooners: deforestation, wood supply and shipbuilding on 18th century Portugal.

Author(s): Alexandre Monteiro

Year: 2016

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Summary

On November 26th 1816, the Portuguese-operated ship "Correio da Azia", while sailing from Lisbon to Macao with general cargo and 107,000 silver coins, struck a reef off Western Australia.

After a failed salvage attempt, the "Correio" quietly slipped into the History. In 1995, a manuscript detailing her loss was uncovered in Portuguese archives. In 2004, a team from the Western Australia Museum found it.

The remains of the Correio da Azia are now more than silent reminders of Portugal’s involvement in the China Trade; they are, in fact, the pretext for an intensive archival research into the ever increasing deforestation of a country that still had to operate a multitude of vessels in order to maintain, supply and trade in a global Empire. Data compiled will show how all Portuguese blue water ships of that time were, like the "Correio da Ázia", built somewhere else other than Portugal. 


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From galleons to schooners: deforestation, wood supply and shipbuilding on 18th century Portugal.. Alexandre Monteiro. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434551)


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Temporal Keywords
Mid Modern Period


Spatial Coverage

min long: -28.549; min lat: 32.638 ; max long: -6.19; max lat: 42.151 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 379

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America