El Cazador 1784

The Gulf of Mexico Spanish Chart
El Cazador - the Shipwreck that Changed History

Sometimes called the shipwreck that changed American history, Spanish officials awaited the arrival of the Spanish brig of war, El Cazador, who was returning from Mexico with hundreds of thousands of silver “pieces of 8” meant to help bolster Spain’s failing economy in New Orleans. She never arrived. In 1993 a commercial fishing trawler snagged her nets in 300 feet of water, only 50 miles off New Orleans. She had discovered the remains of El Cazador.

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