I'm attempting a somewhat in-depth analysis of small Spanish colonial cannons. I need at least one co-author who is fluent in Spanish and has access to a copy of The East Florida Papers (originals at UF Gainesville, copies at various locations including National Archives II, College Park MD)
These relatively small pieces are bronze, have relatively simple lines, and always seem to be under four feet in length and under about 150 pounds in weight. All examples we've encountered have a short, tubular cascabel. Markings may include cryptic Spanish weight marks (usually include symbol @,) the letter "R" standing alone on breech, or the Spanish royal Coat of Arms (or royal cypher).
I'm only aware of one book which has addressed this subject in any depth, namely Brinckerhoff and Chamberlain's SPANISH MILITARY WEAPONS IN COLONIAL AMERICA 1700-1821, Stackpole Books, Harrisburg, PA, 1972, so I've gotten much valuable input via email from Company member Sid Brinckerhoff, and expect to get more as the work goes on.
We're hoping to determine at least:
-Origins of the basic pattern
-Any documentation regarding "official" designs
-List of Spanish colonial foundries which produced them
-Distribution patterns from foundry to arsenal or field
-Allocation by caliber/type (carriage or swivel) to various presidios or expeditions
-Bronze alloy composition based on spectral analysis of metal sample(s) from each cannon studied, as owners permit
The initial assemblage of cannons to be studied includes those shown in the picture plus the famous "Old Woman Gun" aka "Fremont Gun" aka "Smuggler's Cannon" in the USNA museum, Annapolis MD.
My two requests are:
1. Volunteer co-author with skills and access as described above
2. Contributions from anyone giving citations of any other publications, manuscripts, etc. they think may be useful for this work. I haven't done an extensive literature search yet and certainly don't want to repeat anyone else's work. If this topic has already been done in depth and published in the journal of some historical society, I'd certainly like to get a copy before I begin.
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