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- n. A fleet, especially a fleet of Spanish ships which formerly sailed every year from Cadiz to Vera Cruz, in Mexico, to transport to Spain the production of Spanish America.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fleet; especially, a �eet of Spanish ships which formerly sailed every year from Cadiz to Vera Cruz, in Mexico, to transport to Spain the production of Spanish America.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A commercial fleet; especially, the fleet of Spanish ships which formerly sailed every year from Cadiz to Vera Cruz in Mexico, to transport to Spain the products of Spanish America.
But prize money was only one factor; the flota was a primary objective.
And the flota is the squadron that brings the treasure, &c., from Mexico and New Spain, which make up at La Vera Cruz.
The Westover Manuscripts: Containing the History of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina; A Journey to the Land of Eden, A. D. 1733; and A Progress to the Mines. Written from 1728 to 1736, and Now First Published
In 1554 he was appointed captain-general of the "flota" or convoy which carried the trade between Spain and America.
That warrior, nothing disconcerted, pursued his way to the island of Zante, where he fell in with a Turkish "flota," under the command of the Bashas
In this extremity they sighted a Spanish ship belonging to a "flota" which had become separated from her consorts.
A few final days in La Paz, a final 18 hour Bolivian flota ride, then a few sweaty days in Santa Cruz to meet up my my parents (first time I had seen them in almost a year!), and we were off for the next adventure: getting to Samaipata from Santa Cruz in the rainy season!
After Potosi, we took an overnight flota up to La Paz.
We traveled by flota (large bus) and trufi (very small micro bus) to the village of Sajama, which lies in the shadow of the Chilean border in the Department of Oruro.
It was actually quite beautiful, and it was fun to cause a little traffic jam, as it was peak flota passing time (Busses leave Sucre around 7pm headed for Coch every night and pass through La Palma around 8pm).
The flota bound for Mexico left Seville in early to mid-summer, crossed the Atlantic via the Canaries, and entered the port of Veracruz in late summer or early fall, usually just in time to avoid hurricane season and the arrival of the northern winds, los nortes, that made navigation in the gulf so treacherous. 72