‘Three Thousand Miles on a Galleon’ looks at how Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Santa Elena’s founder and first governor, created the ship that allowed Spain to conquer and rule so much of the globe for centuries. The galleon was the first warship designed from the keel up to make long voyages and destroy its enemies with batteries of heavy cannon. Larger than caravels, faster and more maneuverable than the lumbering carracks that came before, galleons quickly became the mainstay of European sailing navies. The treasure fleets the galleons guarded made Santa Elena the linchpin of the Spanish Empire.
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