National Geographic : 1933 Dec
FISHERMEN CAST NETS WHERE WAR GALLEYS ONCE LAY Acre, the largest port of Palestine in medieval days, served as the metropolis of the Crusaders toward the end of the 13th century. "We had never seen," achronicler relates of the army that gathered there, "so many distinguished knights, so many broad banners. You could not count all the shining helms and the noble horses." Photographs by Maynard Owen Williams CAMEL TRAINS STILL FOLLOW DONKEYS INTO ACRE, WHERE DESERT AND SEA MEET The Crusaders brought back with them tales of strange animals they had seen or heard of in the east. African "monsters" fascinated them. The crocodile they described as a dragon serpent, and their "cameleopard" seems to have been a weird combination of beasts. They enjoyed hunting with cheetahs and falcons.