A Diachronic Study of Some Historical and Natural Factors Linked to Shipwreck Patterns in the Northern Gulf of Mexico
The observed distribution or pattern for historic shipwrecks is a product of a complex of historical and natural factors. These factors include imperialism, commerce, warfare, and technological change, as well as natural phenomena such as equinoctial storms, currents, winds, shoals, and reefs. It is the purpose of this study to evaluate some of these factors over the chronological period ranging from the 16th to 20th centuries relative to their casual linkage to shipwreck patterns. It is expected that these factors will differentially influence the location and density of shipwrecks in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
KeywordsGulf Stream Rogue Wave Historical Archaeology Shipping Route Major Port
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