The reconstruction of a 17th century Spanish galleon
Author(s): Jose Luis Casaban
The Spanish silver galleons of the Indies Run are probably the most famous and mythical ships of the seventeenth century but, what do we really know in relation to their design, construction, outfitting, and life aboard? Current perceptions of Spanish galleons have been determined largely by the valuable cargo they transported. However, the design of these vessels, probably one of the most advanced and specialized of its time, was determined by economic, political, technical, and social factors. This presentation intends to outline the reconstruction of a model of one these silver galleons based on primary written sources, archaeological remains, and iconographic evidence. The objective is obtaining a better understanding of how these vessels were designed, constructed, and outfitted.
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The reconstruction of a 17th century Spanish galleon. Jose Luis Casaban. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437255)