By the 16th Century, the Spanish Galleon ruled the seven seas, and Spain became the richest country in Europe.
This card recalls Spanish ships that brought home treasures from the New World since Christopher Columbus’s first expedition in 1492. Called the “Treasure Fleet,” Spanish ships transported cargos of lumber, silver, gold, gems, pearls, spices, sugar, tobacco and silk from the Spanish Empire to the Spanish mainland. Only the bravest adventurers dared to explore the unknown seas, but today this magnificent Spanish Galleon sets sail again as you open this treasure of a card.
Always a treasure.
Together we will explore new worlds.
You can raid my heart any time.
You’ve conquered my heart.
Happy birthday to a brave explorer.
Do ya’ mind if the parrot watches?
Refuse to sink.
Let your dreams set sail.
You float my boat.
You’re a treasure.
Come home safely.
All I ask is a tall ship and a star to sail her by.
Sail out to sea and do new things.
I’m lost at sea, don’t bother me.
Bring me that horizon.
Don’t give up the ship.
Happier than a seagull with a French fry.
Whatever floats your boat.
The prize ships are friendSHIPS.
More Spanish Galleon history:
Galleons set out to discover and then establish trade routes between Spain, America and the Philippines islands. For three centuries, these Spanish galleons crossed the Atlantic Ocean back and forth, sailed around the Caribbean Sea and the American coasts, and covered the Pacific route as well. They carried many seamen, merchant traders and settlers, while their holds were filled with fabulous treasures.
The pilot was in charge of navigation and the lives of the crew were in his hands. Oceanic crossings lasted several days, storms, hurricanes, water leaks, diseases or pirate attacks would threaten crew’s lives constantly.
The feeling of danger was ever present and death lurked everywhere. Many of those men and women who embarked in search of new opportunities for their lives now rest on the bottom of the sea.