The Galleon Nuestra Señora del Pilar. Spanish Galleon Trade Route or La Nao de China courtesy of the Guam Museum.

The Manila Galleon (“Nao de China” or “Nao de Acapulco”) brings porcelain, silk, ivory, spices, and myriad other exotic goods from China to Mexico via Manila in exchange for New World silver. The Galleons stopped in the Marianas on the return trip to Manila, once or twice a year.