Video Find: Intro to Spanish Galleons with Video of Replica

Here's a tourist-level introduction to the Spanish galleon showing video from a replica of the San Salvador, built in 1539 in (modern-day) Guatemala. It features goofy dialogue with excellent video showing one thing hard to fathom: the actual size of these ships and what it was like to sail in them. 

To the peoples these ships visited in the Americas, they would have seem ominously large, but that from the outside. Inside, the impression is  far different. Imagine over a hundred men living for (sometimes) months in these confines, competing for space with cargo, provisions, livestock, live fowl, and all the activities needed to survive.

Includes video of masts, steering, cannon, and more.

The video was posted on YouTube by the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

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