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The Treasure of the San Jose: Death at Sea in the War of the Spanish Succession
 
 
Author
Carla Rahn Phillips.
Publisher Johns Hopkins  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780801885808
Pages/Publication Date 258/2007
Daedalus Item Code 03145
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Sunk in a British ambush in 1708, the Spanish galleon San José was rumored to have one of the richest cargos ever lost at sea. In this microhistory of the Spanish Empire seen through this one vessel, historian Carla Rahn Phillips confronts the legend of lost treasure with documentary records of the San José's final voyage. She also presents a biography of the ship and its crew and suggests that the loss of silver and gold en route to Spain paled in comparison to the loss of the 600 men who went down with the ship.

"Not just another maritime disaster drama.... By plumbing the dashed hopes of those invested in the success of the San José, Phillips endows her narrative with a foreboding poignancy."—Booklist

"A model work of historical investigation: painstaking, meticulous, searching. It is also an example of the best sort of microhistory: exhaustive in depth, but far-reaching in breadth. Documents are handled with unfailing deftness, and with a detective's tenacity, to provide a blow-by-blow account of the battle in which the San José went down and to resolve the question of how much cash it carried. Phillips displays versatile historianship, with outstanding work on ship construction, shipboard life, and the diplomatic background to the war."—Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

 
 
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