The ship ‘La Ragazzona’ of the Invincible Armada, discovered and plundered

The ship ‘La Ragazzona’ of the Invincible Armada, discovered and plundered

The Spanish Armada, sent by the Spanish monarch Felipe II to dethrone Elizabeth I of England in the Anglo-Spanish War of 1585-1604, featured «The Ragazzona», One of its ships, which sank in Ferrol and whose remains have been explored last week.

Deep in the Atlantic they still exist numerous unclassified remnants of the past. In the Galician estuaries, one of the main centers of history, there are a large part of the ships that over the centuries have been perishing. On the coast of Ferrol, a Spanish city and municipality located north of the province of La Coruña, «The Ragazzona»Sunk the December 8, 1588 It has aroused the interest of a group of archaeologists.

The investigation carried out by the group of researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela has revealed the possibility that the ship had been looted due to the absence of both ceramic elements, artillery or ammunition, as well as the intentional breakage of some materials.

It is known that it was built with Asturian wood although the looting he suffered has left few clues of what his life was like.

«The Ragazzona»Was a merchant from the Venetian Republic, rented by Philip II and under the command of Captain Martín de Bertendona, at the head of the Levante Squad. After being defeated, she finally managed to sail to the Muros estuary (A Coruña), in which she raised sails to the port of A Coruña to be repaired. The ship was highly damaged and even had problems getting to the estuary, so it anchored in its entrance very battered, with almost no sails and with emergency anchors. That night, because of the storm, the anchorages gave way and after drifting, it ended up stopping at the Ferrol estuary.

The expedition has been self-financed, although they do not rule out the possibility that some Administration will financially support it in future research.

I was born in Madrid on August 27, 1988 and since then I started a work of which there is no example. Fascinated by both numbers and letters and a lover of the unknown, that is why I am a future graduate in Economics and Journalism, interested in understanding life and the forces that have shaped it. Everything is easier, more useful and more exciting if, with a look at our past, we can improve our future and for this… History.


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