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Records found in the Americas, Bahamas, UK, Cuba and Jamaica have confirmed the existence of Trouvadore. A ship that wrecked off East Caicos in the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1841. Its cargo of 193 Africans, captured to be sold into slavery, miraculously survived the wrecking and were freed in the Turks and Caicos Islands… 
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In September an article was published online at the African Diaspora Archaeology Network. The article The Trouvadore Project: The Legacy of a Sunken Slave Ship can be downloaded as a pdf. Further articles are nearing publication date and will be announced here.In January 2007 the Trouvadore Team hosted a session on the project at the Society of Historical Archaeologist meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. For more information see SHA Williamsburg Meeting.Background
In 1993 a chance discovery in a series of letters in America started the search for a slave ship wrecked off East Caicos in March 1841.Since 1993 the Turks and Caicos National Museum and Ships of Discovery have carried out extensive research in archives in 8 countries on three continents to uncover the story of this slave ship, Trouvadore With the archival research nearly complete the project turned its attention to looking for the wreck. In 2004 a survey was carried out and a wooden shipwreck was discovered.In July 2006 the project team returns to the field to test excavate this wooden shipwreck and to continue the survey off East Caicos. This season has been funded by The 2006 Expedition has been funded by:
NOAA Ocean Exploration Program, Turks and Caicos Islands Conservation Fund, Teddy Foundation, Dayton Foundation, Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board, Friends of the Turks and Caicos National Museum, and The San Francisco Foundation