The GALLEON presents the cuisines shared by Mexicans and Filipinos for over 250 years. Discover why both Mexicans and Filipinos have Menudo, Adobo, Pozole, Sopa de Sangre, and Tamales. Treat each meal as a feast, as is done by both.
The Galleon Trades era dates back to 1565, when the Spanish Monarchy began inter-colonial trade between Mexico and the Philippines. With Miguel de Legaspi leading an expedition aboard the San Pablo, the Monarchy established what would be known as the Spanish Galleon Trades. This economic exchange connected North America and Asia. For 250 years afterwards, galleons carrying treasures from both continents sailed across the Pacific.
Galéon de Manila or La Nao de China, as it was known, was part of the Spanish Treasure Fleet. Each ship sailed across the Pacific carrying gold and silver from Acapulco, Mexico and brought back precious silks, perfumes, and spices from the ports of Manila, Philippines. This trade allowed the Spanish to trade with the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, China, and the Spice Islands.
The exchange of goods also allowed an exchange of cultures. The galleons carried Chinese merchants and Filipino sailors. The Philippines was governed from Mexico, almost being considered its province. Filipinos eventually integrated into the Mexican society and were collectively called "chinos". Thus leading to the exchange of "las ideas, las palabras, las maneras de vida, las artesanías y las artes".