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A particular design of ship used by the Spanish in the 17th and 18th centuries. Galizabras were of similar size to a frigate, fast, weatherly, and very heavily armed. Their purpose was to bring the treasure over from the Spanish colonies in Central and South America, and the Caribbean, to Spain. Unlike the treasure ships, which returned to Spain in the annual flota, they sailed independently and relied on their speed and gun power to avoid capture.

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