A sailing ship in use (especially by Spain) from the 15th through 17th centuries, originally as a warship, later for trade. Galleons were mainly square-rigged and usually had three or more decks and masts.
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- If diving for wrecks turns you on, Bermuda is a veritable treasure trove of maritime disaster, with a wreck collection including 16th century Spanish galleons, warships and a luxury transatlantic liner.
- By mid-century, Spanish galleons loaded with treasure sailed annually for Europe, becoming prey to pirates, many of them English, based in the Bahamas.
- Spanish and Portuguese colonies stretched across south, central, and southern North America while Spain's galleons crossed the Pacific to the Philippines.
early 16th century: either via Middle Dutch from French galion, from galie 'galley', or from Spanish galeón.
Definition of galleon in:
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