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The Black Ship

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They scream “Where are we? Where is Granada? Please help us!” But no one answers and then the wind pulls the boat back into the darkness.

They scream “Where are we? Where is Granada? Please help us!” But no one answers and then the wind pulls the boat back into the darkness.

Many myths and legends are shared among the Central American countries and Mexico since the individual countries were formed after the times of most of the legends. The Black Ship, however, is one that is unique to Nicaragua.

San Carlos was a sleepy little village at the mouth of the mighty San Juan River back when the waters ran deep. Large galleons coming from the Caribbean would drop off goods from Europe and bring word from other countries. Galleons were sailing ships in use from the 15th through 17th centuries, originally as a warship and later for trade. These galleons were mainly square-rigged and usually had three or more decks and masts. Smaller sailing ships would pick up some of these goods from San Carlos along with livestock and grains from the local farmers for delivery to Granada, Ometepe, and other islands along the way. This is a story about one of those smaller sailing ships that left San Carlos heading for Granada.

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One of the very interesting aspects of Nicaraguan culture is the active and very much alive tradition of storytelling, myths and legends. They even have a museum in Leon which is really an interesting stop. I took some visitors with children there a couple of weeks ago and they really enjoyed it!

Hey reader, watcha think?