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Florida Shipwrecks: 300 Years of Maritime History

is a travel itinerary featuring 13 historic shipwrecks in waters near Florida, a convergence point for maritime trade routes. Learn about the historical significance of these 13 shipwrecks. See photos and an essay on Florida maritime history. (National Park Service)

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Interesting Fact:

The San Pedro, a wooden-hulled Dutch-built sailing ship, was one of 21 merchant ships loaded with tanned hides, spices, jewels, silver and gold in a flota (fleet) headed to Spain from Havana, Cuba, in the summer of 1733 when a hurricane off the coast of the Florida Keys wrecked all but one of the ships. The ships were salvaged for their precious cargo and those vessels that could be refloated were taken back to Havana.
Diver inspecting 'Urca De Lima.'  Photo courtesy of the the Florida Maritime Heritage Trail, Florida Division of Historical Resources

Inspecting Urca De Lima

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