The Ships of the Armada of the Viceroyalty of Peru in the Seventeenth Century

By Peter T. Bradley, published November 1993


The Armada del Mar del Sur was a small squadron of Spanish crown ships built in the Viceroyalty of Peru, stretching from Panama to the Straits of Magellan, to both defend the sovereign rights of the colony and to transport and protect the royal revenue, mainly silver and trade goods, to and from Panama. The contradictions in the ship requirements resulted in a unique hull design tailored to sailing against the prevailing winds on the southbound route. The size, sailing characteristics and cost of the various attempts at a suitable ship through the 1600’s are discussed.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Pacific
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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