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A hurricane

Shipwreck zone

Amelia Island Florida

Port of departure

Havana (CUB)



Those were not good years for the recently inaugurated Bourbon dynasty, in terms of ship losses. Philip V’s early years as king were marked with the shipwreck of the Vigo fleet in 1702 and the loss of the galleon San José in Colombia. But this was the first shipwreck during the Bourbon era off the coast of North America.

Two entire fleets sunk: the Tierra Firme Fleet, commanded by Antonio Echevers; and the Nueva España Fleet commanded by Juan Esteban de Ubilla.

Read the full story in “10 notable shipwrecks”