Brockington Archaeologist Gives Presentation at Pensacola Archaeological Society

Kad Henderson is presenting his research on the Spanish Frigate Nuestra Señora del Rosario y Santiago Apostol at the meeting of the Pensacola Archaeology Society to be held Tuesday, November 13. An abstract of his presentation is provided below.

Mahogany and Iron: Archaeological Investigations of the Late 17th-Century Frigate Nuestra Señora del Rosario y Santiago Apostol

Constructed prior to 1696 near Veracruz, Mexico, the Nuestra Señora del Rosario y Santiago Apostol was a powerful warship of the Spanish Armada de Barlovento. The ship served primarily as an escort vessel during its nine years at sea.  In addition to its primary duties Rosario led anti piracy patrols and fought in campaigns against other European powers in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The ships career came to an end in September of 1705 during a powerful hurricane in Pensacola Bay, Florida. Excavations by the University of West Florida from 1998-2002 revealed very well preserved hull structure as well as thousands of artifacts. The wreck of the Rosario represents a unique resource for understanding Spanish colonial shipbuilding techniques in the late 17th-century as well as the lives of the individuals that built and sailed these vessels.

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