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Spanish Galleon 1530-1690


Year: 2004
Language: english
Author: Angus Konstam, Tony Bryan
Genre: History
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 9781841766379
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 51
Description: The Spanish Galleon is one of the most romantic ship types in history. Long associated with sunken treasure, pirates, conquistadores and the Spanish Armada, these ships have come to epitomise Spanish maritime power during the 16th and 17th centuries. They were the workhorses of Spain's maritime empire, protecting her interests in European waters, and ensuring that the Spanish crown benefited from the extraordinary wealth produced in her American colonies. This book is an attempt to describe the real vessels behind the popular facade, and to explain how they functioned. Fortunately the Spanish during this period were meticulous record keepers, giving us a wealth of information to help us define exactly what a galleon was.
During the early 17th century, the Spanish government issued a series of detailed instructions, specifying exactly what they meant by a galeon. We know the proportions of these craft, how they were fitted out and provisioned, what guns were carried aboard them, and how many men crewed them. We also have a wealth of pictorial evidence to support this rich source of documentary evidence, allowing us to understand fully how these ships were built, sailed and fought during the period.
The role of the galleon is almost as important as its physical description. Although its origins are obscure, it eventually became closely associated with the Indies, the Spanish term for their American colonies. Silver from Peru and Mexico, plus gold, emeralds and pearls from the northern coast of South America became essential to the maintenance of Spain's position as a world power. The galleons made sure this treasure reached the royal coffers. Galleons also formed the spearhead of Spain's armadas which were sent to fight her kings' enemies in European waters. For over a century, these amazing ships dominated the waters of two continents. This is their story.

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