First Spanish settlement in the Philippines (1565)

On April 27, 1565, Cebu was established as the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines.  By the 17th century, the Spanish colony had grown to the world’s mega-mall, with traders and merchants from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas gathering to wheel and deal.   For over a century, Cebu was a hub for one of the leading trade routes for the huge Spanish galleons that crossed the Pacific from the Philippines to the western coast of Mexico during the golden age of the Spanish empire.

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