Yes, this could have been presented as a Researchers Tale, a Historians Tale, a Writers Tale, an
Investigators Tale, or many other versions, but narration is about voice and perspective, in this specific
case my unique perspective of this matter and related content.
All the other perspectives require encumbrances of which I prefer in this matter not be bound by, thus
to free up the story process, and as Mark Twain had clarified many times when others placed a label on
him, “I’m just a storyteller.”
Hardly, but you get the point.
And to be clear, I’m not drawn to shipwrecks in general, or to tales of lost sea treasure in specific, the
largest majority of investigations have been land bound (for better or worse) investigating the
plausibility of highly valued intrinsic historical assets.
But this case had an interest because it adjoins the historical pursuits of Galveston in which I’ve
participated for some time, and has all the appearances of being closer to home. In terms of what real
value the discovery of the Corazon De Jesus has monetarily, to society in general, or the “greater good”,
it as a matter for others.
For those unknowing, flota is the Spanish word for fleet, hence also used is flotilla, and in this particular
annual phenomenon that occurred between the mother country of Spain and its owned colony of Nueva
España aka New Spain aka Mexico, was comprised of a contingent of seven ships that disembarked far
too late in the season from Vera Cruz, and unfortunately also picked the wrong year for hurricane
Of the seven, five managed to limp their way through the hurricane of September 1766 to various ports,
but two of the ships, the El Nuevo Constante (New Constant) and the Corazon De Jesus (Heart of Jesus)
took a serious beating and were in such a poor condition that required the Captains to make haste for
land during the storm, and thus “sailed before the wind” running the ships onto the shore in a effort to
save the passengers.
The Nuevo Constante was discovered off the coast of Louisiana by a shrimper’s net in 1979, and
recovery made during the 1980’s. Much has been written and documented about this ship, but so very
little in regards to the Corazon De Jesus, and what is known, is fractionated, isolated, and kept “secret”
by those that believe that “they may know”, but as I have investigated in separate cases, otherwise, and
often times, do not.
So this is a matter of historical detective pursuit, which requires far more skill than an elite researcher or
archaeologist may possess, it is the rationalization of the preponderance which matters, it is about
working via a long term experienced and skilled level of craft. This is the pursuit here, and THAT is what
matters, hence to solve a situation which should be solvable. Thus to task we embark on this cold case
of mystery and intrigue, and to what end, we shall see….
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