Thursday, December 28, 2006

 

Shipwreck exhibit on display at state archives

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The Daily Advertiser
By Amanda McElfresh
December 27, 2006


The Louisiana State Archives is now displaying a new exhibit, El Nuevo Constante, a cooperative endeavor between the State Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and the Louisiana State Archives.

El Nuevo Constante is an 18th century Spanish ship that sank off the coast of Louisiana in 1766. It left Mexico en route to Spain in August of that year, but a hurricane prevented it from arriving at its intended destination.

In 1979, Curtis Blume found the ship when he caught several large ingots of copper in his shrimp nets near Little Constance Lake off the coast of Cameron Parish. He notified state archaeologists and historians, and together they worked to complete a comprehensive study of the shipwreck.

Among the items on display are copper ingots, pewter, glassware, bones from chickens and goat horns, fragments of green glazed olive jars and miniature ceramic items. The exhibit also includes an informative booklet written by archaeologist Charles E. Pearson and historian Paul E. Hoffman.

The public is invited to view the exhibit until Jan. 31, 2007 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.


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