Archaeology of Manila Galleon Seaports and Early Maritime Globalization

  • Chunming Wu
  • Roberto Junco Sanchez
  • Miao Liu

Part of the The Archaeology of Asia-Pacific Navigation book series (AAPN, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. Yuegang Outbound: The Archaeology of Yuegang as the Key Transit Terminal for Manila Galleon

  3. Manila Entreportting: Discovery of Galleon Trade Heritage at Manila, Macao, Keelung and Nagasaki

  4. Bound for Acapulco: The Archaeology of the Pacific and America as the Galleon Navigation Record

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Patricia Fournier, Roberto Junco Sanchez
      Pages 215-237
    3. Roberto Junco Sanchez, Guadalupe Pinzón, Etsuko Miyata
      Pages 239-251
    4. Karime Castillo, Patricia Fournier
      Pages 253-268

About this book


This book focuses on the archaeological and historical research on the seaport heritage of galleon navigation in Asia-Pacific region. It reconstructs the Manila Galleons’ era of early maritime globalization, established and operated by Spanish navigators from the 16th to 19th centuries. The galleons sailed across the Pacific via the hub seaports and trade centers of Manila in the Philippines and Acapulco in Mexico, forming a prosperous sea route connecting eastern Asia and New Spain on the American continent for more than 250 years. This pioneering navigation of the pan-Pacific regions promoted early global maritime trade along the new Maritime Silk Road between the East and the West.
Written by archaeologists and cultural historians from America, Mexico, Japan, the Philippines, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, it presents the latest investigations and research on the galleon-affiliated seaports, including Acapulco and San Blas in Mexico, Guam, Manila in Philippines, Yuegang (Crescent Harbor), Xiamen (Amoy), Keelung and Macao in China, Nagasaki in Japan.  This joint research sheds new light on the history of navigation and maritime trade between galleon-affiliated harbors; the origin, production, transport and trade of the galleon cargo; social cultural exchange along the new Maritime Silk Road in the pan-Pacific region; and the history of maritime globalization in last 500 years. It offers a new perspective on maritime archaeology and traces the different stages of the galleon trade and affiliated maritime history, including "Yuegang Outbound", "Manila Entrepotting" and "Bound for Acapulco", presenting a panoramagram of Spanish pan-Pacific trade and early maritime globalization.


Galleon Seaport Pan-Pacific Navigation Early Maritime Globalization Cultural Exchange of East and West Maritime Archaeology

Editors and affiliations

  • Chunming Wu
    • 1
  • Roberto Junco Sanchez
    • 2
  • Miao Liu
    • 3
  1. 1.The Center for Maritime ArchaeologyXiamen UniversityXiamenChina
  2. 2.SAS-INAH Instituto Nacional de Antropología e HistoriaMexico CityMexico
  3. 3.Department of HistoryXiamen UniversityXiamenChina

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