January 8, 2015

Caracca Atlantica

GH2L0457 Caracca Atlantica Portuguese merchant ships like the Caracca Atlantica played a vital part in the Age of Exploration. They were full rigged to run before prevailing winds, large enough to hold precious cargoes of spices, and armed for protection against hostile natives and greedy pirates. When Magellan sailed around the world, his entire fleet consisted of these vessels, known as carracks.