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The Monterrey Shipwrecks: Current Research Findings

Author(s): Frank Cantelas ; Amy Borgens ; Michael Brennan ; James Delgado ; Christopher Dostal ; Frederick H Hanselmann ; Christopher Horrell ; Jack Irion

Year: 2016

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Research on a cluster of shipwrecks known as Monterrey A, B, and C is providing new information on early 19thcentury regional maritime activity in the Gulf of Mexico. The shipwrecks are nearly 200 miles off the U.S. coast, yet rest within a few miles of each other in water over 1,330 meters deep.  Although the vessels are quite different from one another, their close proximity and shared artifact types suggest they were traveling in consort when a violent event, likely a storm, led to their loss. The vessels and their contents demonstrate not only regional connections between Mexico and the United States; there are links to France, the United Kingdom, the West Indies and possibly other places.  This paper presents our current understanding of these sites within the historical context of trade and conflict during a time of political and social change in the countries surrounding the Gulf.

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The Monterrey Shipwrecks: Current Research Findings. Frank Cantelas, Amy Borgens, Michael Brennan, James Delgado, Christopher Dostal, Frederick H Hanselmann, Christopher Horrell, Jack Irion. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435062)


Temporal Keywords
Early 19th Century

Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 736

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