A New Way to Sail
Caravels were a new type of ship invented by the Portuguese in 15th century. Portugal used this new type of ship to gain ports all over the Indian Ocean in order to create their trading empire. Caravels have distinct shapes that assist them when maneuvering throughout the trading routes. The specific qualities unique to caravels are its sloping bow with one main mast and various smaller masts to help with navigation.
The New Design
The parts of a Caravel are what make it such a different and innovative alternative to a regular ship. Caravels had many masts to aid in propelling and steering the ships. These masts were the most important part of the ship, and the reason that they were so effective when sailing. Not only were the masts and bows of the ships different, but also the sails, rudder, and the hulls.