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ship's log

[Ship's Log Book]. LOG BOOK DIARY FOR THE SPANISH FRIGATE ARISPE (A) SAN FERNANDO. The property of Don Ignacio Fernandez de Castro, travelling between Cadiz and Havana, carrying wines, olives and other Spanish products from 1844 to 1846.
Entries in two distinct hands with detailed accounts of weather, directions, destinations, conditions, etc.
Several voyages between Cadiz and Havana, Manila, returning with sugar, cocoa, cinnamon and "Effects of China".
On arrival at Cadiz 8th May 1846, we are given a list of crew, names, ages, domicile, wages and the name of a passenger.
It is known that the ship carried passengers to religious outposts in Manila. No more entries after Monday 31st August 1846. 2500.00
The commercial rise of Cadiz during the reign of Isabella II attracted businessmen from Spain and abroad, who revitalized the commercial life of the city which had been badly damaged by the economic sanctions imposed by England, the French occupation and the loss of colonial possessions.
The liberalization of overseas commerce and, in particular the dissolution of the Royal Philippines Company, meant an opportunity to start trading between Spain and the West Indies.

Ignacio Fernandez de Castro was born in Comillas, a small town in Cantabria, Northern Spain, in 1793, son of Simon Fernandez del Castro, businessman, and Manuela Gutierrez del Castro. He was the youngest of their eight children - M. Manuela, M. Angela, Manuel Antonio, Jose Joaquin, Agustina Manuela, Tomas, Manuel e Ignacio. His business career began in the Merchant Navy after his education, and with the financial help of his parents he reached the rank of Captain. He made many journeys to America, specifically New Spain, to trade with the Philipines, using ships from Manila, and occasionally stopping at Acapulco. On one of these many voyages he met Concepcion de Bustamante y Padilla, daughter of Ignacio Bustamante and M. Antonia Padilla. The family was from the town of Arispe, in the province of Sonora, Mexico. In 1818, Ignacio y Concepcion were married in the town of Piti, in the same province. They had eleven children: Carmen, Guadalupe, Rafael, Josefa, Andres Ignacio, Luisa, Concepcion, Gregorio, Natalia, Jose Domingo y M.Antonia, but only seven survived. Dedicated to trade between Asia, New Spain and Manila, they were forced to settle in Cadiz, when Mexico found its independence, and established a prosperous trading business there.


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