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reply to post by 727Sky
Old sailing ships and head clearance; costumes in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and other places, people seemed to be very small. I have read some Europeans during the 15th century had an average height of 5'7" but most men shrank during the 16th through the 18th centuries due to bad diets. Vikings seemed to be a tall stocky lot in some cases. Hard to find real numbers so I just go with clothes and ships
Regarding averages in Europe in that era, even the Vikings had only an average height of about 5'-6" to 5'-7" (167cm to 170cm) - based on skeletal remains. The rest of Europe was indeed shorter, as you said.
In North America there have been a number of east coast skeletal remains of native indians of over 6', some even approaching 7' in height. These were not averages though.
To conquistadors, they must have seemed huge - tall, robust and healthy. No wonder they were awed.edit on 24-2-2014 by Blackmarketeer because: (no reason given)
Just for a little perspective here is a pic of Earl Boykins 5'3" next to Shaq 7'1"...
I'd think if I was a conquistador and I ran into a couple of dudes of this stature it would have left an impression