Click on the compass rose in the upper right corner to enlarge the map. Click the dots and ships on this map to follow the path of the Concepcións final voyage.
The shipping routes sailed by such vessels as the Concepción were the lifelines of the Spanish Empire. Silks, spices, porcelain, and other goods arriving from the Philippines were unloaded from ships on Mexicos west coast and carried overland to the east coast. There the goods were placed on other ships, along with silver from Mexicos mines. Sailing to Spain, the treasure-filled ships were natural targets for the pirates of the Caribbean.