This fascinating work is beautifully printed, and includes a carefully engraved and colored image of the flag that was granted to the Real Compañía Maritima. The text includes detailed instructions for what proved to be a short-lived venture. The intention was that the Compañía Maritima should spear-head a revival of the Spanish fishing and whaling industries, which had foundered by the late 18th century. The Compañía Marítima was initially well-funded with its financial backers including the Spanish King himself, but was not a success and was dissolved early in the nineteenth century.
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