Initially, it was Hernán Cortés who decided to establish a base in Acapulco for the construction of galleons that would then be sent to sail the Pacific and the South Seas. But it wasn’t until 1565, when Fray Andres de Urdaneta arrived at Acapulco Bay on his return trip from the Philippines that this port became the destination of the famous route of the Manila Galleon, which would continue for more than 250 years (1565-1815).
As a result, Acapulco became an important trade center where fairs and markets were held and goods from the Orient were exchanged for products from Spain, Mexico and Peru.
Its development and importance led King Charles II of Spain to grant Acapulco the status of city.
Ships sailing from Acapulco (MEX)
Ships bound for Acapulco (MEX)
Galleon which departed Manila (PHL) bound for Acapulco (MEX). She sunk in California in 1595 due to a storm. This ship captained by Sebastián Rodriguez Cermeño carried eastern ceramics, gold bullion, silver ingots, wax and silk. She belonged to The Manila Galleon.