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Bermeja island in the Gulf of Mexico -- a strategic marker defining US and Mexican maritime and subsea rights -- has disappeared along with documents backing up a bilateral treaty on major oil reserves in the area, fueling rumors of a CIA plot.
U.S. Hydrogeographic Office. The Navigation of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, 1885
p. 340 . Bermeja. This island is found on all the old charts in lat. 22º 33' N and long. 91º 22' W., but its existence is more than doubtful. The officers of the Spanish Navy, in their search for the Negrillo, saw nothing of it, neither did another officer who purposely looked for it in 1804. Captain E. Barnett, R.N., also closely examined this neighborhood in 1844 without meeting with anything.
The Colombian Navigator or Sailing Directory for the American Coasts and West Indies, Volume the First, London, 1839.
p. 148. The island Bermeja is placed, as given by Alderete and Valderrama, to the northwards of Arenas; but these officers did not see it, though they sought for it, and thus we are not sure of either of its situation, nor any particular relative to it. Cevallos also sought for it in vain. It seems posible that this and Arenas may be one and the same.
The American Coast Pilot containing directions for the principal harbors capes and headlands of the coasts of North and South America, New York, 1857.
p. vii. Bermeja Island, Gulf of Mexico..... 406
p.406. Island Bermija (sic) does not exist.
Derrotero de las Islas Antillas, de las costas de Tierra Firme y de las del Seno Mexicano, Madrid, 1820.
p. 430. Isla Bermeja. Esta isla, que se pinta en todas las cartas antiguas, es muy dudosa su existencia: los tenientes de navío Don Miguel del Alderete y Don Andrés Valderrama en sus pesquisas en busca del Negrillo no pudieron verla, lo mismo le sucedió al Capitán de Navío Don Ciriaco de Cevallos en Julio de 1804, que la buscó al intento; por lo que creemos que su existencia no es verdadera: sin embargo la colocamos en latitud 22º 33', y longitud 85º 05', al O. del meridiano de Cadiz, hasta que reconocimientos más prolijos y en todos los sentidos decidan si determinadamente existe o no.
The Nautical Magazine, New York, 1846
p28. Isla Bermeja is also very doubtful... It is considered by many that no such shoal exist at the present time