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Title:
The Spanish galleon, 1530-1690
Author:
Konstam, Angus.
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Publication Information:
Oxford : Osprey, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781841766379
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Book

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Summary

During the middle decade of the 16th century a new type of sailing vessel emerged, designed to carry the wealth of the Americas to Spain. This was the galleon, and over the next century these vessels would serve Spain well as treasure ships and warships, becoming a symbol of Spanish power and wealth during the period. The development and construction of the Spanish galleon are discussed in this book, and the ordnance and crewing needed to produce and maintain these stately vessels is covered. The author also examines the role of the galleon as a treasure ship, and describes how these ships were manned and fought in action.


Author Notes

Originally from the Orkney Islands, Angus Konstam was the curator of arms and armor at the Tower of London and is currently the chief curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, FL, setting up major exhibitions throughout the eastern seaboard of North America. He is the author of Historical Atlas of Exploration for Facts On File/Checkmark Books and lives in Key West.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
Designp. 4
The development of the galleon
Shipbuilding
Armament
Operationp. 17
The flota system
Shipboard organisation
Life on board
Galleons as warships
Bibliographyp. 43
Colour Plate Commentaryp. 44
Indexp. 48