17th –century beads
cache reveals more about Spanish empire’s
outposts and trade routes
A cache of some 70,000 glass beads from all
over the world has been unearthed
at an island off Georgia, comprising
the largest repository ever from what was
one of the Spanish empire's
most remote and wealthy outposts, and revealing more
Made of French and Chinese blue glass,
Dutch layered glass and Baltic amber,
the beads were found as part of an ongoing research project at the former Mission
Santa Catalina de Guale on what is now called St. Catherines Island.
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