A rudderless seafaring vessel used by the Spanish Royal Navy to coax unsuspecting voyagers into leaving the mainland and never return. Most often, the unfortunate voyagers, at the mercy of the blowing wind and tumultuous ocean, died at sea for lack of direction and propelling force. However, those that would likely survive a long aimless journey fell pray to a parasitic infection that often accompanied the Maldonados, either by coincidence or design. If, by chance, one of these Maldanodos were not lost at sea, they would beach, only to be found filled with death and disease.
1690–1700; Mal - Ill, Denado - Favored (or endowed)
the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used especially of an act in violation of a public trust).
1. The Maldonado was filled with hundreds of farmers who believed they were going to a better land, only to die at sea while chewing on their shipmate's leg.
2. The Austrian Governor committed a 1st degree Maldonado.