The Galleon Trade
One of the reasons why the Spaniards wanted to stay in the Philippines was because of the Galleon Trade. The trade was very profitable, and it made the Spaniards very rich. The Galleon Trade crossed the Pacific Ocean. It connected Asia with Mexico and with Europe.
The word “trade” means the buying and selling of goods, like when you buy food in a store. In the Galleon Trade, goods for selling were transported in ships known as galleon ships. On the other hand, a “port” is a place where ships can dock to load or unload goods. The port in Manila was very important in the Galleon Trade.
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