Thursday, June 04, 2015

A mere bobble from the wreck of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha

A trinket. Emeralds and Gold.


  1. An occasional reader3:12 PM

    An interesting paragraph from Wikipedia (if you can trust that source) on how this bobble (bauble?)can be seen today.

    The Spaniards undertook salvage operations for several years, with the use of Indian slaves...The principal method used by the Spanish for the recovery of this cargo was a large brass diving bell with a glass window on one side: a slave would ride to the bottom, recover an item, and return to the surface by being hauled up by the men on deck. It was often lethal, but more or less effective. Dead slaves were recorded as a business expense by the captains of salvage ships.

    Grafting 21st centuries sensibilities on to the past, very few nations come out too well from history.

  2. Griffin3:51 PM

    The best way of dealing with controversial history is to ignore it.

  3. Nice bling. I would rather have these than stamps any day.