The Last Voyage of El Nuevo Constante: The Wreck and Recovery of an Eighteenth-Century Spanish Ship Off the Louisiana Coast

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An intriguing account of an 18th century Spanish merchantman's sinking and an archaeological report of its 20th century excavation. Historian Hoffman and archaeologist Pearson, who participated in the research and salvage of the ship, discovered by a shrimper in 1980, relate the details of the ship's history and cargo, with excellent b&w illustrations, diagrams, and photos of an array of salvaged artifacts. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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Charles E. Pearson is director of the Cultural Resources Division at Coastal Environments, Inc., a consulting firm in Baton Rouge.

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El Nuevo Constante was driven aground off the Louisiana coast during a hurricane in 1766. The ship's cargo consisted of mercury, copper ingots, dye stuffs, pottery, and other trade goods-not tons of silver or gold. Noted historian Hoffman (history, Louisiana State Univ.) and Pearson, a meticulous archaeologist, thoroughly document the history of the vessel. The authors fully describe the physical features of the wreck and surmise how the hull was constructed, where and how the various cargoes were stowed, and even where the goods originated. Moreover, the authors are particularly adept at explaining the methods used to prepare the trade goods: e.g., how cochineal is made and how storage containers are constructed for mercury. Many books chronicle the discovery of treasure-laden Spanish shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico, but this is the first that thoroughly documents the salvage of an ordinary merchant ship. For public libraries.
John Kenny, San Francisc P.L.
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