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Spain's Men of the Sea: Daily Life on the Indies Fleets in the Sixteenth Century Hardcover – May 15, 1998

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (May 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801857465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801857461
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The ships and men of Spain's Atlantic fleets, crucial to the country's empire in the New World during the 16th century, are discussed in lively detail in this prodigiously researched book. Each chapter of Spain's Men of the Sea focuses on a particular aspect of the fleets, from the sailors' backgrounds and motivations for going to sea to their life onboard the great galleons, the most complex machines of the day. The author writes well, often showing a sense of humor, and, besides providing careful documentation, deftly brings the Spanish sailors and their unique nautical society to life. Voyages on the galleons were always dangerous, with looming threats from disease, pirates, tropical storms, and even shipboard brawls--and the book concludes with a fascinating look at the superstitions and religious rituals practiced by those who sailed the Spanish Main. --Robert McNamara

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For 300 years Spain sent huge fleets of merchants and warships to her colonies in the New World. The vast Spanish Empire depended on these ships and the officers and sailors who manned them. Appropriately, P?rez-Malla!na (American history, Univ. of Seville) begins his study in the New World departure point of Seville and studies every aspect of the Indies trade: shipbuilding merchants, navigators, officials, and ordinary sailors of the 16th century. It was a four-month voyage from Spain to the Caribbean. For the officers, passengers, and crew, life was vile and brutal, with terrible food, insects, rats, lack of space, water shortages, and little chance to wash for months at a time. Discipline was enforced by the lash, while pirates, hurricanes, and uncharted reefs led to many maritime disasters. A thoroughly researched work, vividly told, this significant contribution to maritime history is essential for all sea collections and collections on early Latin American history.AStanley Itkin, Hillside P.L., New Hyde Park, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Martin on September 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
To every person that wishes to know more about other cultures, times and people, this book is going to be very refreshing. When Spain was on its way to be the first nation of the world, it is funny to realize how they did not care about the infraestructure, and even though the author does not say in a direct way, one can see why the british empire and later the american had a better and longer success. You learn about all the legal problems people found to travel to the new world when they belong to the Spanish Kingdom compare with the benefits of travelling that british and people from the Lower Countries had. The lack of interest in achieving improvements in the ships and ports even though the business was running away from Spain more and more. The lack of preparation, studies and developing a good infraestructure in the new world to be able to handle all the commerce and traffic that ironicaly was reporting high benefits for them (remember everybody was jellous and afraid of Spain's growing power)and would have made them a very powerful empire had they just care a little bit and organize it some more. Nonetheless, the book is very informative about and era and the people who lived in it. Details and anecqdotes are well research. One gets the feeling of what it was like living in those times. The book is also good when it does the description of the ships itself and its inhabitants. The life conditions onboard, nutrition, entertaiment-every kind of entertaiment-, and other that will be of the amusement of the reader. Interesting people on board of the vessels, I might say.
I also learnt about navigation laws and costumes of the times, and it all added to the value of the lecture.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By yankee-in-ca on April 29, 2004
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If you're on this page, this is the book you're looking for, period. Excellent translation, lots of pictures, touches every conceivable subject, has enough gore for the most morbidly curious soul. I took off a star only because it was so expensive!

(Sensitive people might want to skip the punishments for poor homosexuals, though there are some heroic tales.)
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This is one of my favorite references books on 16th century Spain. Since I gave mine to someoneI ordered a replacement copy. It not only details life aboard ship but also offers glimpses of how women financed and participated in the expeditions to the new world. Highly recommend this book for those interested in the history of American conquest and colonization.
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