Pop Up Program at Abbe Museum Focuses on San Juan Whaleship Reconstruction

19 August 2015
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Image Courtesy of ALBAOLA

On August 20 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, the Abbe Museum will host a Pop Up Program led by Xabier Agote, founder of the Basque maritime heritage center in Biscay ALBAOLA, on 16th Century Basque whalers and the reconstruction of the San Juan whaleship.

The San Juan, which sank off the coast of Canada in 1565, is one of the first transoceanic ships that set sail from the Basque Country to Newfoundland. In 1978, a Canadian archaeological team found the wreckage of the whaleship and, given its importance in transatlantic maritime history, a replica of the San Juan is currently being built in Spain.

“We are really just beginning to get a better understanding of how important the interactions between the Wabanaki and the Basque were, and how they shaped the longer history of interaction and colonization,” said Julia Clark, director of collections & interpretation at the Abbe Museum. “This program is a great opportunity to learn more about the Basque side of the story.”

The program is free and open to the public.


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