The Spanish colonies in the Western Hemisphere were tethered to the Old World by fleets of richly laden ships that crossed the Atlantic in peril of violent hurricanes, hidden reefs, and shifting shallows.
From the perspective of a modern shipwreck salvor, the submerged cargoes off the coast of Florida represent a unique window on the cultural nuance and geo-political realities of a bygone era.
In-depth historical research, advanced underwater detection methods, and conservation of delicate artifacts are all required to discover answers to these centuries-old mysteries.
Mel King, president of Big Blue Wreck Salvage, is a maritime historian and one of the country's leading experts in Spanish Colonial numismatics.
Free for Alianza members and students with current ID, $5 DAM members, $10 others.
Sponsored by Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a DAM support group.