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Ship type

Merchant ship


A hurricane

Shipwreck zone

Cayos de Florida

Port of departure

Havana (CUB)



The Tierra Firme Fleet arrived in Cartagena de Indias on July 27, 1622, and then continued its voyage to Cuba, arriving in Havana in very bad weather on Sunday, August 21. The Nueva España Fleet had already arrived in Havana sometime between July 11 and August 4.

Both fleets were to leave Havana for Spain together, escorted by the Escuadra de la Guarda; however, news of Dutch corsairs in the area forced them to change their initial plan and a new destination was set.

Read the full story in “10 notable shipwrecks”