Lecture     Series: Second Sunday

Oregon’s Manila Galleon: Beginning to Solve the Mystery

Free and open to the public
Sunday, July 8, 2018
2PM – 3:30PM

  • Free
  • Researchers
  • Teachers

Oregon Historical Society, Hatfield Room
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Event Type: LectureAudience(s): Researchers, TeachersLocation: Portland

Our July Second Sunday program presents the lead researcher and author on almost all the articles presented in the Oregon Historical Quarterly’s upcoming Summer 2018 special issue “Oregon’s Manila Galleon.”

The earliest American and British fur traders and explorers to the Pacific Northwest learned from Native peoples that a large ship had wrecked on Nehalem Spit long ago. Two centuries of speculation followed, fueled by Native traditions of the wreck and writers’ imaginative reconstructions, plus finds of beeswax and Chinese porcelain. But what ship was it? Based on archaeological and geological research, the favored candidate is now the Santo Cristo de Burgos, a Manila galleon that left the Philippines in the summer of 1693 and was never seen again.

Cameron La Follette will summarize the rich archival findings that were located about the ship, which finally bring this Manila galleon into Oregon history. She will also discuss the aftermath of the galleon wreck: a fevered century and a half of treasure-hunting centered on the Neahkahnie Mountain area and its effects on Oregon’s cultural resources protection laws.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible


Cameron La Follette

Cameron La Follette, M.S., J.D., has a Masters in Psychology from New York University and a Law Degree from Columbia University. She is Executive Director of Oregon Coast Alliance, a coastal conservation organization. Her book, Sustainability and the Rights of Nature, was published by CRC Press in 2017. A companion book, Sustainability and the Rights of Nature in Practice, is forthcoming in 2019. She is also a traditional poet, whose work is archived at the University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives. In addition to writing on coastal history for such venues as The Oregon Encyclopedia, her research interests include Oregon land use history and practice, early Pacific Northwest coastal exploration and shipwrecks, and the environmental effects of early commercial resource extraction in the coastal region.

Sustainability and the Rights of Nature