This carrack looks much like the one that Ferdinand Magellan used to sail around
the world. Take a look at the sails and compare them to those of the caravel.
This ship is called a caravel. The invention of its triangular, movable sails
enabled European explorers to travel to places they never had been able to
before because they could now harness the power of the wind in a new way. These
ships were lighter and faster than the carrack or galleon ships. Some
explorers, like Columbus sailed in ships that utilized the best traits of both
styles of ship.
This small sailboat may help you to understand some of the important parts of
larger sailing ships
The astrolabe - Click here to learn more about this navigational
Additional Explorer Resources
European Explorers -
This webpage contains additional information and links on many of
the European explorers we are studying in class.
Early Ocean Explorers Webquest
Exploring Explorers - A Webquest in Literacy for Social Science