Vanguard of Empire: Ships of Exploration in the Age of Columbus

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In this book, Smith has assembled a portrait of the small vessels invented and refined in the shipyards of Spain and Portugal half a millennium ago. He focuses on the advances in maritime technology that made the European conquest of the New World possible. Shipwrights worked by trial and error to make ships that would travel faster and farther, carrying larger and larger cargoes. Pilots developed new methods of celestial navigation and learned the patterns of wind and sea currents. Long voyages taxed the physical and ...

Vanguard of Empire: Ships of Exploration in the Age of Columbus 1993, Oxford University Press, USA, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780195073577

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