In 1841, a Spanish slaveship named Trouvadore wrecked on the shores of East Caicos in the British West Indies. In a strange twist of fate, it had wrecked in a place where slavery had long been outlawed. Everyone aboard survived the wreck, and the would-be slaves were rescued and freed by local authorities.
In the History pages of this site, you can read background information about the strange circumstances surrounding the ships' wrecking, and its eventual rediscovery. In the Archeology section you can learn how archeologists and other scientists hope to shed light on Trouvadore's story, and follow the underwater investigation as it unfolded during three expeditions to East Caicos.
In collaboration with archeologists, historians, geneticists, and descendants of the slave-ship's survivors, Windward Media and HoustonPBS are producing a broadcast documentary about the search for Trouvadore, and about the doomed slaveship's long-forgotten history and legacy. Follow the links to learn more about the film and film team in the Documentary section.