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image by José Carlos Alegría
This ensign – documented in several charts, by different authors – is the one used by the Spanish Galleons, the biggest war vessels of the Spanish Navy at the time.
José Carlos Alegría, 23 Oct 2000
I have also seen this flag labelled Spanish Galleons in several sources, among them:
Santiago Dotor, 26 Oct 2000
According to Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, a galleon was a "full-rigged sailing ship that was built primarily for war, and which developed in the 15th and 16th centuries. The name derived from "galley," which had come to be synonymous with "war vessel" and whose characteristic beaked prow the new ship retained".
Santiago Dotor, 02 Feb 2001